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On This Day: Loretta Lynn Hit ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Goes #1 in 1970

by Madison Miller
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Iconic counter singer Loretta Lynn has released hit after hit during her long-lasting career. The “First Lady of Country Music” helped inspire generations to come.

She has a career that spans six decades with multiple gold albums. Loretta Lynn is the most awarded female country artist as well as the only female American Country Music Artist of the Decade winner.

She is known for her hits like “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Today in 1970, her hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter” went No.1 on the charts.

Behind the Song

So what’s the hit behind Lynn’s hit ’70s song?

The story is her life. She is a coal miner’s daughter and the hit song was meant to be a description of who she is and where she came from.

“I remember that, in one of the verses, I talked about Mommy papering the wall with movie magazines. And she named me after Loretta Young, because she had Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert and Loretta Young up on the wall. And the day before I was born, she said, ‘If this baby is a little girl, I’m going to name her after one of them girls.’ And she said, ‘I kept looking at the pictures, and I thought Loretta Young was the prettiest, so I named you Loretta.’ And I’m glad she did,” Lynn said to NPR.

The interesting thing is just how humble Loretta Lynn is even after reaching mass success at this point.

She said that she “didn’t think anybody’d be interested in my life.”

However, it was quite the opposite for fans who listened to the song enough to let it soar to No.1.

The song is about growing up with her mother and father as well as her seven other siblings. Despite the low pay, the family had a lot of love.

“Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner’s pay / Mommy scrubbed our clothes on a washboard ever’ day / Why I’ve seen her fingers bleed / To complain, there was no need / She’d smile in mommy’s understanding way.”

Biography ‘Cole Miner’s Daughter’

The title “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was also used in the biographical book and movie about Loretta Lynn.

The movie came out in 1980 and was directed by Micheal Apted. It follows Lynn to stardom, which includes growing up in a poor family and getting married at 15.

The film would make $67.18 million and would even be the seventh highest-grossing film of 1980. Zooey Deschanel was selected as the lead for the Broadway adaptation of the film.