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Hit 'Coal Miner's Daughter' a favorite from Loretta Lynn

Hit 'Coal Miner's Daughter' a favorite from Loretta Lynn

October 19th, 2018 by Doug Davis in Features

This week in 1970: President Richard Nixon announced the pullout of 40,000 more troops from Vietnam by Christmas; twenty-five people were indicted in the Kent State University shootings in Ohio; the World Trade Center was under construction in New York and would become the world's tallest building; and a singer from Butcher Holler, Ky., had her 27th hit record.

According to Loretta Lynn, she had the idea to write a song about her youth in Kentucky for several years before actually starting the project. And she actually began working on "Coal Miner's Daughter" in the dressing room of a Nashville, Tennessee TV station while waiting to perform. While sitting in the dressing room, she quickly came up with nine verses for the song. Since a nine verse song is much too long, she cut out the three verses that mentioned her home's decorating scheme, the family hog-killings and the Kentucky floods.

And according to Lynn, her record producer Owen Bradley questioned her use of the word "borned" in the first line of the song, as "I was borned a coal miner's daughter."

Lynn didn't want to release "Coal Miner's Daughter" as a single because she thought the song was too personal. The song was recorded, along with "Wings Upon Your Horns, "Woman Of The World," and "You Wanna Give Me A Lift" on Oct. 1, 1969. "Coal Miner's Daughter" was not released until Oct. 5, 1970, and was at the top of the charts the week of December 19th.

"Coal Miner's Daughter" was Lynn's 27th charted song and was on the charts for 15 weeks.

She was born Loretta Webb in 1932 in Butcher Holler, Ky.

Loretta placed 79 songs on the country music charts between 1960 and 2010, including 16 No. 1s. Five of those 79 tunes also scored on the pop music charts.

She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962 and was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1988.


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