On nights when Coal Miner’s Daughter got the late movie treatment, my mother– a coal miner’s granddaughter– would forget bedtime and allow six-year-old me to sit up and we’d watch it together. If her generation had witnessed and listened to parts of that too-fantastic-to-be-true narrative unfold in real-time, then mine certainly grew up invested in the legend. But I don’t recall ever really learning of Loretta Lynn. She always just was.
From the vintage duets with Ernest Tubb and the livelier, high drama tales shared with Conway Twitty (Did they? Didn’t they? Wait, don’t tell me, I don’t want to know…) to most especially the earnest twang of her own personal heartaches and triumphs, Loretta Lynn was more than a country music star or icon– she was royalty. The Queen is dead… Long live the Queen!
For your pleasure or your tears, enjoy our curated playlist, or see our selections below.
1. “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, 2021
2. “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl”, Loretta Lynn 1960
3. “Wine, Women And Song”, Loretta Lynn 1964
4. “Mr. And Mrs. Used To Be”, Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn 1964
5. “Dear Uncle Sam”, Loretta Lynn 1966
6. Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind), Loretta Lynn 1967
7. “Rated X”, Loretta Lynn 1972
8. “What Sundown Does To You”, Loretta Lynn 1973
9. “As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone”, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty 1974