Standing by her mom and dadGeorge Jones and Tammy Wynette's daughter defends them in memoir.
Writing a book about her famous parents
wasn't something Georgette Jones,
daughter of George Jones and Tammy
Wynette, had thought about doing until a
book came out portraying them in a
"About a year ago, a book was published
about my mom that I thought was going to
be very positive," she said. "Then, it was a
picture painted of my mom that was the
opposite of what I believed her to be."
"Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen" by
Jimmy McDonough came out last year.
According to reviews posted at the time, it
reflected poorly on Wynette as a wife
(married five times) and mother of four
Youngest daughter Georgette Jones'
memoir, "The Three of Us: Growing Up with
Tammy and George," goes on sale today.
She will be in Branson on Friday for a
performance, reading and talk.
It may have been the goal of clearing her
parents' name that made Georgette Jones
decide to write a book about her family life
with country stars, she said, but that in the
long run it became a way of becoming
closer to her family.
"Initially, (writing the book) was to clear
their name or let people know that the
images from the media about their past
were different," she said. "The media
showed my mom as this tragic woman of
divorce and my dad as the partying
Georgette Jones said she didn't have a
great relationship with her dad and his
other children growing up because of the
divorce and his drinking, but that she has
gotten to know them well now.
"Every year, we become closer than we
ever had been before," she said. "We do
keep in touch now and we have learned an
awful lot about each other. He didn't want
to be around me when he was drinking. He
tried to shelter me from that."
Her relationship with her mom and her
mom's three other daughters was great,
Georgette Jones said.
"Every summer and holiday, we would
travel with her," she said. "During the
school year, when she was home, she
would make us feel like we were the most
important things in her life."
Georgette Jones said the story of her
parents' divorce and how it affected her
isn't much different from anyone else's.
"Most people don't know anyone who hasn't
been affected by divorce," she said. "Lots
of people experience similar problems with
divorce, drugs or alcohol. The only
difference was that, with my two parents,
we were in the spotlight."
Even through the divorce and the life in the
spotlight, Georgette Jones said it didn't
keep her mom from trying to give her a
"She taught me to be independent," she
said. "She raised me with chores. She
taught me to be self-sufficient and to take
care of a household."
Writing a book isn't the only thing Georgette
Jones has going for her; she is also working
on her singing career. She said she hopes
to be able to tour on her own name some
day, not just by relying on her parents'
"I have always had a love for music, but
there was a time where country music
wasn't my focus," she said. "I have come
back to country because it's where my
heart and soul is."