“The Ceremony” is a duet by country artists George Jones and Tammy Wynette. It was released by Epic Records as the married couple’s second single together in 1972 and reached No. 6 on the Billboard country survey.
Became the template for many of their early duets: romantic, occasionally overwrought Harlequin love songs that bubbled with optimism. The song mimics a wedding service, beginning with a minister’s preamble over a church organ and containing verses where George and Tammy renew their vows and profess their love for each other. It became a highlight of their live shows, although Jones biographer Bob Allen wryly noted that when they sang “The Ceremony” onstage, it was “quite unlike the quickie civil ceremony with which they’d actually sealed their nuptial bond.”
From the album Me and the First Lady
B-side “The Great Divide”
Songwriter(s) Billy Sherrill, Carmol Taylor, Jenny Strickland
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill