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Queens of Country

Documentary about six female icons of country music - Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Bobbie Gentry, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker and Dolly Parton - with contributions from famous fans.

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.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 3 Aug 2014 00:45

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Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Jill Nicholls
Director Jill Nicholls
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Executive Producer Mark Hagen
Participant Patsy Cline
Participant Tammy Wynette
Participant Bobbie Gentry
Participant Loretta Lynn
Participant Tanya Tucker
Participant Dolly Parton
Participant Billy Connolly
Participant Jack White
Participant LeAnn Rimes
Participant Lauren Laverne
Participant Crystal Gayle
Participant George Jones
Participant Elvis Costello

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