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Queens of Country

The story of six women with big hair and bigger voices who came out of the South and changed America and its music for good. The 60s and 70s were the golden age for this music from the battlefield of marriage - songs about the hurt and pride of raising a family, about standing by your man (or standing up to him), about going crazy with love.

The six are: Patsy Cline, whose weeping ballads made country music modern; Tammy Wynette, her life a chaos of divorce, violence and pills; Bobbie Gentry, who quit recording 35 years ago; Loretta Lynn, the coalminer's daughter who went on to rock with the White Stripes; Tanya Tucker, a teen queen who made country music sexy; and Dolly Parton, who made millions singing of the world she left behind.

Contributors include Billy Connolly, Jack White, LeAnn Rimes, Lauren Laverne, Crystal Gayle, George Jones and Elvis Costello. Featuring rare archive performances.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Sun 3 Aug 2014 00:45


Role Contributor
ProducerJill Nicholls
DirectorJill Nicholls
Executive ProducerMark Cooper
Executive ProducerMark Hagen
ParticipantPatsy Cline
ParticipantTammy Wynette
ParticipantBobbie Gentry
ParticipantLoretta Lynn
ParticipantTanya Tucker
ParticipantDolly Parton
ParticipantBilly Connolly
ParticipantJack White
ParticipantLeAnn Rimes
ParticipantLauren Laverne
ParticipantCrystal Gayle
ParticipantGeorge Jones
ParticipantElvis Costello