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Tammy Wynette, Kye Fleming Set to Enter Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Posted in News on September 1, 2009

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct BMI songwriter Kye Fleming and the late BMI artist/songwriter Tammy Wynette on Sunday, October 18 at the organization’s annual ceremony in Nashville.

One of country music’s preeminent female vocalists, Tammy Wynette also made landmark contributions as a songwriter. In addition to co-penning Ronnie Milsap’s “I’m a Stand By My Woman Man,” her own supernova songs “Til I Can Make It On My Own” and “Stand By Your Man,” among many others. She and George Jones made history together, helping to establish country music’s rich duet tradition, and she co-wrote the pair’s award-winning “Two Story House.” In all, Wynette earned 17 BMI Awards, which included crossover Pop and R&B trophies in addition to the expected Country beau coups. Her composition “I’m a Stand By My Woman Man” and “Til I Can Make It On My Own” have each generated more than one million performances, while “Stand By Your Man” has earned more than 3 million performances. Wynette died in 1998 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the same year.

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The co-writer of a long string of hits during the 80s, Fleming helped shape a decade of country music, especially through her collaborations with Barbara Mandrell and Ronnie Milsap. The co-composer behind Mandrell’s “Crackers,” “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” “Years” and career song “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Fleming also co-wrote Milsap’s mega hits “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World” and “Smoky Mountain Rain,” among many other compositions for country stars including Crystal Gayle, Charley Pride and Floyd Cramer. A two-time BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year and three-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, Fleming boasts 24 BMI Country Awards and 14 BMI Pop Awards, while 15 of her compositions have generated more than 1 million performances. “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and “Nobody” have each earned more than 2.5 million performances, while “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” have amassed more than 3 million performances each.

A limited number of tickets for the 2009 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony are available to the public. For more information, contact Mark Ford at hotfix@nashvillesongwriters.com / 615–256-3354, or visit www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/

About the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the songwriting legacy that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community. Its purpose is to educate, celebrate and archive the achievements and contributions made by members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to the world.