This Day in Country Music History: Loretta Lynn Records “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

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On this day in 1969, Loretta Lynn recorded “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and two additional hits, “You Wanna Give Me A Lift” and “Wings Upon Your Horns,” during a session at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

Lynn was famously raised in rural Kentucky, near the Van Lear coal mine, where her father worked. The song depicts Lynn’s childhood experiences and the hardships her family endured on just her father’s coal miner’s pay, singing, “Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner’s pay…”

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” became Lynn’s signature song and was the basis for a movie on her life starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek. Spacek went on to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn. In 2010 the Library of Congress put “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on the National Recording Registry.

The song became Lynn’s first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and was her first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100.

The awards and accolades of Loretta Lynn are too numerous to list, but she was the first woman ever named Entertainer of the Year by the CMA and has sold over 45 million records worldwide. She’s been named to more music hall of fames than any other female recording artist and in 2010, President Barack Obama was awarded the Presidential Media of Freedom. The highest honor a civilian can be awarded in the United States.

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