On January 4th of 1971, Loretta Lynn released her sixteenth studio album, Coal Miner’s Daughter. The title song went on to become one of Lynn’s most well-recognized songs in her career.
The monumental album led to the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter starring Sissy Speck and Tommy Lee Jones. It also became the name of her best-selling autobiography, which ended up generally being the plot of the movie.
Now, 50 years later, Loretta Lynn announced today that she has released her 50th-anniversary album. She made the announcement on Twitter along with a short clip from the title song. The vintage vinyl is now available to purchase and a recitation of the song was released on all streaming platforms today.
“Today’s the big day!” Loretta Lynn said in her Twitter post. “My Coal Miner’s Daughter 50th-anniversary album is out today! Check it out.”
The album received fantastic critical reception when it first came out in 1971 and still has the same popularity today. Anyone can recognize Loretta Lynn’s distinctive voice on “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” whether they are a country fan or not.
Her ability to interpret feelings and create relatable and passionate tracks has been one of her biggest strengths as a songwriter throughout her career. We could not be happier to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her iconic album.
Loretta Lynn was a Country Music Powerhouse
Around fifty years ago, Loretta Lynn had some of the most popular music in America. Her release of Coal Miner’s Daughter landed her on the charts for country music and later became a certified gold album. When she released the title track in October of 1970, it peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot Country list and 83 one Billboard Hot 100.
Four years earlier in 1967, Loretta Lynn recorded her very first number-one single.
Her song “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” hit the charts hard and didn’t let up for a while. The song was the title track for her seventh studio album. The song is about exactly what it sounds like, a wife who gets fed up with her husband always coming home drunk.