Anyone who knows anything about Loretta Lynn knows that she is a survivor. But, even for a woman of her strength, surviving a stroke is an impressive feat.
So, when the country music legend attended the Country Music Hall of Fame for the 2017 Medallion ceremony in 2017, people rejoiced. What made it even better was her touching tribute to Alan Jackson.
According to an article on SouthernLiving.com, Lynn attended the ceremony on Oct. 22, 2017, to induct Jackson into the Country Music Hall of Fame. When she walked on the stage that night, she did so to a much-deserved standing ovation. Then, at 85 years old, it was the first time she appeared in public after she suffered the stroke.
Jackson reportedly asked that Loretta Lynn be there to induct him into the Hall of Fame. According to the article, tradition dictates that a member of the hall welcomes a new member into the family. Jackson and Lynn had been friends for years, so it makes sense that he would want her to be there for his induction.
“The first time I ever met Alan…he looked like a scared little boy,” Lynn said on stage, according to the article. “He was practicing backstage going through his songs, and I remember I looked at him and said, ‘You’re going to be one of the greatest singers in country music.’ He hasn’t let me down.”
Legends Honor Alan Jackson
Joining Loretta Lynn in the tribute to Alan Jackson on that October 2017 evening were Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack and The King of Country himself – George Strait. Those famous country music singers performed some of Jackson’s most famous songs that event, according to the article.
Also reportedly inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame that year were Don Schlitz, a songwriter, and Jerry Reed, a singer-guitarist.
When it was his time to get behind the podium, Jackson said his favorite songs are the ones about heartbreak. “… I love writing them. I love singing them,” he said. “There’s more emotion in them and there easier to write. I think most songwriters would tell you that. … I love the sad songs. I’ve had a lot of hits with them.”
You can watch Loretta Lynn return to the stage in 2017 to honor Alan Jackson below.
Loretta Lynn Releasing New Album
The stroke Lynn suffered during 2017, which took place in May of that year at her Tennessee home, isn’t the only health scare she has faced in recent years. She has survived pneumonia more than once. She also broke one of her hips on Jan. 1, 2018.
But, luckily for all of us, at 88 years old Loretta Lynn is still writing her entry into the book of country music legends. In fact, she has a new album coming out on March 19.
A new documentary about the Kentucky native will also soon be released. It is called “Loretta Lynn: My Story In My Words” and will be available Feb. 27. It will feature interviews with Lynn – both old and new. There will also be clips of the singer performing some of her classic songs.