TAMMY WYNETTE: Stand By Your Man

NEW YORK TIMES: Country record producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill, who helped create the smooth “countrypolitan” sound of the 1960s and 1970s, has died. He was Photo of Billy Sherrill78. Sherrill’s son-in-law, George Lale, said he died Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. Sherrill’s production style incorporated over-dubbing, strings and background vocals into country music to encourage crossover success for artists like Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Charlie Rich. He produced hits such as “Stand By Your Man,” which he co-wrote with Wynette, “The Most Beautiful Girl,” ”Behind Closed Doors,” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Born in Phil Campbell, Alabama, the son of an evangelical preacher, Sherrill played piano and sang starting in his childhood. He worked at Sun Records in Sam Philips’ Nashville studio, and then joined the CBS record label in 1964. MORE