George Richey

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George Richey
George Richey 1967.JPG
Richey in 1967.
Background information
Born(1935-11-30)November 30, 1935
Promise Land, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedJuly 31, 2010(2010-07-31) (aged 74)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSongwriter, producer, session musician
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1960s–1990s
Associated actsTammy Wynette, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Faith Hill, Lorrie Morgan, Sonny James, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Rich, Lynn Anderson, Elton John, Roy Rogers, Ringo Starr, Martina McBride
 
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George Richey
George Richey 1967.JPG
Richey in 1967.
Background information
Born(1935-11-30)November 30, 1935
Promise Land, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedJuly 31, 2010(2010-07-31) (aged 74)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSongwriter, producer, session musician
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1960s–1990s
Associated actsTammy Wynette, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Faith Hill, Lorrie Morgan, Sonny James, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Rich, Lynn Anderson, Elton John, Roy Rogers, Ringo Starr, Martina McBride

George Richey (November 30, 1935 – July 31, 2010), born George Baker Richardson, was an American songwriter and record producer. He was born in Arkansas, but raised in Malden, Missouri.

Richey was married to country singer Tammy Wynette from 1978 until her death in 1998. They had no children. He married Dallas Cowboys cheerleader turned television producer Sheila Slaughter in 2001 with whom he had daughter Tatum. He remained with Slaughter until his death 2010. Tim McGraw sang at their intimate wedding outside of Nashville.

Richey was a mainstay of the Nashville country music community since the 1960s through his songwriting and record production. Head of Columbia records. In the 1970s, he wrote many major hits for future wife Tammy Wynette and Wynette's then-husband, George Jones, including Jones' "A Picture of Me (Without You)" and "The Grand Tour," and Wynette's "'Til I Can Make It On My Own" and "You and Me", among many other artists.

Richey served as the musical director for the television show Hee Haw from 1970 to 1977. Upon marrying Wynette, Richey served as Wynette's manager during the 1980s.

George retreated from public life after marrying Sheila Slaughter and became a social media advocate with his highly popular Facebook page "DON'T SMOKE, DON'T SMOKE, DON'T SMOKE, IT WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE".[1]

Richey died peacefully on July 31, 2010, following a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There was no public memorial, per his request and he was buried peacefully in Nashville near Wynette.[2]

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  1. ^ "Tammy Wynette Widower George Richey's Death Reported", CMT.com. Accessed 8-18-2010. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Richey and their daughter, Tatum as well his children from his first marriage, son Kelly Richardson and an adopted daughter, Deirdre Hale, as well as hundreds of families members and friends from all over the world. [1]
  2. ^ Cooper, Peter, "Producer, songwriter, Tammy Wynette widower George Richey dies", The Tennesseean, August 16, 2010. Accessed 8-18-2010. Notice of George Richey's death at the Wayback Machine (archived August 19, 2010)