Loretta Lynn is in The Circle, celebrating the release of her forty-first stuido album, Wouldn't It Be Great, available September 28.
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Loretta Lynn and Trace Adkins - "Lead Me On" In 2012, Loretta Lynn celebrated her 50th Opry Member Anniversary. As the Opry family celebrated one of country music's most iconic women, fans were treated to numerous historic performances. In this video, Trace Adkins joins Loretta Lynn on the Opry stage to perform the duet "Lead Me On," originally performed by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.
Opry Celebrates Loretta Lynn During Loretta Lynn's 50th anniversary, various artists gathered to celebrate Lynn and look back on her iconic career with the Grand Ole Opry. Watch and take a listen to some of Loretta Lynn's greatest moments over the years!
Loretta Talks - Backstage At The Opry Loretta Lynn joins the Opry backstage to talk about the moment she was asked to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the early days of working with Willie Nelson, and more!
Rising from an impoverished childhood in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Loretta Lynn personifies the American dream in a way few other artists can. A self-made star who hit the road with her husband visiting radio stations to introduce her debut record five decades ago, Loretta has become one of the Opry’s most celebrated legends. Her countless accolades include three Grammys and eight Country Music Association Awards. In 1972, she became the first female artist to win the Country Music Association’s coveted Entertainer of the Year award. Now a member of the Country Music and Songwriters Halls of Fame, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Married shortly before she turned 14, Loretta had four children before age 19. She and husband Mooney “Doolittle” Lynn lived in Custer, Washington, when she got her first break on a Tacoma talent show that Buck Owens hosted. Zero Records founder Norm Burley soon signed her to his label in 1960. Loretta’s first single, the self-penned “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” started climbing the charts as she and Doolittle drove across country, visiting radio stations to promote the record. Later hits for the pioneering singer/songwriter included “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Fist City,” “One’s on the Way,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” and “The Pill.”
Over the years, Loretta has collaborated with an array of interesting performers from her longtime duet partner Conway Twitty to her Grammy-winning collaboration with alt-rock icon Jack White on 2004’s Van Lear Rose. Along the way, she raised six children and influenced a generation of American women with songs that honestly portrayed both the joys and challenges of marriage and motherhood.
Loretta’s rags-to-riches saga captured the world’s attention when her autobiographical hit Coal Miner’s Daughter became a motion picture in 1980, earning Sissy Spacek a best-actress Oscar for her lead role. The film chronicled Loretta’s teenage marriage, early career and the role the Grand Ole Opry played in exposing the young singer to a national audience.
Loretta’s influence and impact continue to resonate throughout the entertainment community. Loretta marked her 50th anniversary as a recording artist in 2010. Coal Miner’s Daughter, the best-selling 1976 autobiography that spawned the film, was reissued the same year, with audio and e-book editions narrated by Spacek.
Loretta continues to record and tour. She also puts in appearances at the Opry and her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. “It’s really great now,” she says of her life. “I work when I want to and I stay home a lot. I really don’t want to work that much, but it’s easy for me now and the people keep hollering for me and I say, ‘Well, let’s go!’”