Me and the First Lady

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Me and the First Lady
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 1972
ProducerBilly Sherrill
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Singles from Me and the First Lady
  1. "The Ceremony"
    Released: June 19, 1972

Me and the First Lady is the second studio album by country music artists George Jones and Tammy Wynette, released on August 7, 1972, on the Epic Records label.

Recording and composition[]

The duets found on the early albums that Jones and Wynette recorded together feature songs that almost always celebrate the joys of domestic bliss and true love, something producer Billy Sherrill did purposefully to reflect the assumptions of their captivated audience. A good example of this is "The Ceremony", a song Sherrill co-wrote; the song, which mimics a wedding service, begins with a minister's preamble over a church organ and contains verses where George and Tammy renew their vows and profess their love for each other. It became a highlight of their live shows, with Bob Allen wryly noting in his book George Jones: The Saga of an American Singer: "When they sang "The Ceremony" onstage in places like Sioux City and Peoria, they enacted for the benefit of their fans an elaborate wedding ritual which, in reality, was quite unlike the quickie civil ceremony with which they'd actually sealed their nuptial bond."[1] In 1996 Jones admitted in his autobiography, "It sounds cheesy now, but it was a show-stopper for two people whose divorce was often the subject of tabloid speculation. People went crazy when we did 'The Ceremony' live."[2]

As if mirroring their doomed marriage, a couple of the songs on Me and the First Lady hint at the cracks that had already appeared in the relationship of country music's first couple: "A Lovely Place To Cry" (co-written by Wynette with Earl Montgomery) and "The Great Divide" both contemplate fading love and the possibility of divorce.


Jones biographer Bob Allen has a dim view of the album, comparing the "syrupy" songs to "two-and-a-half-minute-long musical Cliff's Notes to Harlequin novels."[1]

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Track listing[]

  1. "We Believe in Each Other" (Curly Putman) – 2:39
  2. "Lovely Place to Cry" (Tammy Wynette, Earl Montgomery) – 2:45
  3. "There's Power in Our Love" (Montgomery) – 2:11
  4. "Perfect Match" (Glenn Sutton, Ben Peters) – 2:11
  5. "Great Divide" (Putman) – 2:40
  6. "To Live on Love" (Montgomery) – 2:57
  7. "You and Me Together" (Jimmy Peppers) – 1:52
  8. "Lovin' You Is Worth It" (Carmol Taylor, Quinton Claunch) – 2:28
  9. "We're Gonna Try to Get Along" (Peppers) – 2:08
  10. "It's Been a Beautiful Life" (Taylor, Billy Sherrill) – 2:27
  11. "The Ceremony" (Taylor, Sherrill, Jenny Strickland) – 3:06

Chart positions[]

In 1972, Me and the First Lady peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[3]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Allen, Bob (1984). George Jones: The Saga of an American Singer (illustrated ed.). Doubleday. p. 168. ISBN 038527906X. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Jones, George; Carter, Tom (1996). I Lived to Tell it All (illustrated ed.). Villard. p. 165. ISBN 0679438696. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "George Jones Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2019.

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