WATCH: Loretta Lynn and Siblings Belt Song Their Mother Taught Them in 1976

by Emily Morgan

Country legend Loretta Lynn joined her mother and her siblings when they performed a family song that went back generations. When Lynn and her siblings were young, their mother, Clara Webb Butcher, taught them a song she learned in grammar school called “The Great Titanic.” In 1976, The Webb family appeared on the popular television show “Pop! Goes the Country.” Hosted by Ralph Emery, the family proved that Lynn wasn’t the only one with singing talent. 

While some fans may know that Lynn’s sister, Crystal Gayle, is also a country singer— you may not have known that the whole Webb family has country chops. When Emery introduced the family, he interviewed the Webb family matriarch about her singing career. According to Clara, she used to sing and dance when she was younger. Later, Lynn confessed that she thought her mother was a better singer than she was— which is quite the bold statement to make. 

Later, Emery introduced the performance, telling the audience that the musical family would sing a song their mother taught them when they were young. Speaking to Clara, Emery asked: “There’s a little song that I understand that you taught each child as he or she would come along, about an old boat, a old ship that went down in 1912, the great Titanic. “

Lynn, accompanied by her brothers and sisters, then joined their mother in singing their family song, “The Great Titanic.” Lynn took the reigns in leading the family in singing the sentimental song. As a result, the stunning performance left anybody watching in awe.  

Loretta Lynn’s Sister Paves Own Path in Country Music

Decades after the performance, Lynn has gone on to have one of the most successful careers in country music history and shows no signs of slowing down. On Mar. 19, Lynn released her forty-sixth solo studio album, Still Woman Enough. Her PBS documentary, My Story in Words, recently premiered, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of her hit album, Coal Miner’s Daughter. 

In addition, her sister, Crytal Gayle, has also made a name for herself in the country music world. In the 1960s, she began performing as a background singer in Loretta Lynn’s band before signing a record deal with Decca Records in 1970. 

As a way to form her own identity in the genre, she moved towards a country-pop style that would prove to be more successful. In 1975, “Wrong Road Again” became Gayle’s first major hit. However, in 1977, Gayle achieved her most significant success with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” The single topped the Billboard country chart, crossed over to the top five of the Billboard “Hot 100”, and became a global hit. In 2017, the famous Grand Ole’ Opry inducted her as an official member.