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December 28

Loretta Lynn

The album’s title song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” hit number one on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart—Lynn’s first song to do that.

Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

1970: Honky Tonk Woman
Loretta Lynn releases her album Coal Miner’s Daughter
No kidding, Loretta Lynn really was the daughter of a coal miner. She grew up in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, the second of eight kids. The family was poor in cash but rich in love, and Lynn’s childhood provided the material she needed to write several of the songs on this record.

Her honesty and emotional delivery delighted her many admirers and converted lots of other people into country music fans. Over the years, this 2003 Kennedy Center Honoree has penned many more songs, often written with a strong feminist perspective, which had been pretty much unheard of in country music until she came around. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was also the name of Lynn’s autobiography and the movie about her life that stars Sissy Spacek.
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