It was a who’s-who at the 2011 “ACM Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country” television special. Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, and the Judd sisters all took the state to honor one very special woman in country music and perform “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Loretta Lynn, also known as the First Lady of Country Music, paved the way for these women and many more. And on this night, this group of women chose to pay tribute to that by collectively singing Lynn’s iconic song.
“None of us would be doing what we do if she hadn’t done it first,” says Martina McBride. “It’s no wonder the first lady of country music is Loretta Lynn.”
Each of the seven ladies took their turn singing a portion of the autobiographical 1970 hit. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” not only honors her trailblazing path but also where she came from.
Lynn was set to perform with Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and others, but she had to sit out the monumental performance because of knee surgery.
However, Lynn did pre-record a video that’s played before the performance. “I wish I was with you there,” the legendary singer says in the clip.
Martina McBride announces that Loretta Lynn is the academy’s sole female artist of the decade, as well. Lynn’s career spans more than 50-years and boasts 16-No. 1 hits, 52 Top 10 hits, and 16 Academy of Country Music awards.
Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
Little did Loretta Lynn know at the time the success and impact that “Coal Miner’s Daughter” would have. She first released the song as a single in 1970. Then thereafter, it became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Chart. This then spawned the album Coal Miner’s Daughter.
The song tells the true story of Lynn’s coal-mining father in rural Kentucky. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” also gives insight into Lynn’s childhood and how she was raised.
“We were poor but we had love / That’s the one thing that daddy made sure of / He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar,” some of the first verse reads from the iconic tune.
The song became one of Lynn’s signature songs in her career. Additionally, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is considered one of music’s most significant recordings, according to Time.
The song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” inspired Lynn’s autobiography and the 1980 bio-pic. Actress Sissy Spacek portrays Lynn in the film. Spacek’s performance earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. The film went on to win many other awards.