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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

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Loretta Lynn

    Don't Come Home A Drinkin'

  • Tammy Wynette

    Stand by your Man

  • Bobbie Gentry

    Ode to Billy Joe

  • Tanya Tucker

    Would you Lay With Me (in a field of stone)

  • Dolly Parton

    Jolene

  • Patsy Cline

    Crazy

  • Patsy Cline

    Lovesick Blues

  • Patsy Cline

    A Church, A Courtroom and then Goodbye

  • Patsy Cline

    I've Loved and Lost Again

  • Patsy Cline

    Walkin' After Midnight

  • Patsy Cline

    Come On In (and make yourself at home)

  • Patsy Cline

    I Fall to Pieces

  • Patsy Cline

    Sweet Dreams (of you)

  • Loretta Lynn

    Your Squaw is on the Warpath

  • Loretta Lynn

    Coal Miner's Daughter

  • Dolly Parton

    Little Sparrow

  • Dolly Parton

    Seven Bridges Road

  • Loretta Lynn

    I'm a Honky Tonk Girl

  • Loretta Lynn

    Success

  • Loretta Lynn

    Fist City

  • Loretta Lynn

    One's on the Way

  • Loretta Lynn

    The Pill

  • Crystal Gayle

    Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue

  • Loretta Lynn

    Miss Being Mrs

  • Loretta Lynn

    Portland Oregon

  • Bobbie Gentry

    My Dog Sergeant

  • Bobbie Gentry & Tears of Joy

    Chickasaw County Child

  • Glen Campbell

    Fancy

  • Mason Williams & Bobbie Gentry

    'A' Major Thang

  • Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell

    Let it be Me

  • Bobbie Gentry

    I'll Never Fall in Love Again

  • Tammy Wynette

    I Don't Wanna Play House

  • Tammy Wynette

    Apartment #9

  • Tammy Wynette

    D-I-V-O-R-C-E

  • George Jones

    The Race is On

  • Tammy Wynette & George Jones

    Milwaukee Here I Come

  • Tammy Wynette & George Jones

    We Loved it Away

  • Tammy Wynette & George Jones

    Hold On (to the love I got)

  • George Jones & Tammy Wynette

    Golden Ring

  • Tammy Wynette

    Precious Memories

  • Tanya Tucker

    Delta Dawn

  • Tanya Tucker

    Texas When I Die

  • Tanya Tucker

    Blood Red and Going Down

  • Tanya Tucker

    Tear me apart

  • Tanya Tucker

    Highway Robbery

  • Tanya Tucker & Glen Campbell

    Dream Lover

  • Tanya Tucker & Glen Campbell

    Star-Spangled Banner

  • Dolly Parton

    Shine

  • Dolly Parton

    Dumb Blonde

  • Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner

    It's my time

  • Dolly Parton

    Coat of Many Colours

  • Dolly Parton

    My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy

  • Dolly Parton

    9 to 5

  • Dolly Parton

    In the Sweet By and By

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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