Country Rewind: Loretta Lynn and Sister Crystal Gayle Sing Incredible Medley With Orchestra Backing

by Keeli Parkey

During her legendary country music career, Loretta Lynn has written songs that have often been autobiographical. So, when it came time for her to perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra, it was only fitting that a very close family member was there by her side.

That family member was country star Crystal Gayle. And, together the two women put on a performance that definitely should be remembered.

According to, the memorable concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra was not the first time Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle had performed together. However, this performance just might be the most memorable for their fans.

The article describes the event as if you’re “watching a musical dream unfold before your eyes.”

That is high praise, indeed. And, based on the clips available online, it’s praise that is not unwarranted.

It’s not unsurprising that the first song the two stars sing is Lynn’s famous hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” After all, it’s a song Gayle should also identify with since they share such a similar heritage. It’s the song people most identify Lynn with. And, it’s a truly great song – not just a great country song.

Loretta Lynn and Her Sister, Crystal Gayle, Performed Other Hits Alongside the Boston Pops Orchestra

Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle are two of the eight children born to the Webb family in Kentucky. Like many other families in their surrounding area, they were poor. And, they relied on coal mining jobs to put food on the table.

“Coal Miner’s Daughter’ was not the only popular song Loretta Lynn and her sister, Crystal Gayle, performed while being accompanied by the Boston Pops Orchestra. They also sang part of “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” as well as “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby.” They also sang Gayle’s hit song “Wrong Road Again.”

Loretta Lynn is the most famous of the two country music sisters. However, according to, Crystal Gayle really had the opportunity to shine. It was at this point that she performed one of her most famous songs. This song was titled “Cry.” And, her famous sister joined in with during the duet.

The famous sisters reportedly closed their concert with a duet of one of the most popular bluegrass songs in history. That is “Rocky Top.” It’s a song fans of University of Tennessee sports will know very well. It’s a toe-tapping song that countless people know so very well. It’s a great way to end a performance.

You can watch clips of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra below. If you’re a country music fan, this is something you really need to see.