Loretta Lynn Beautifully Reflects on 59th Anniversary of Becoming a Grand Ole Opry Member: ‘Can’t Believe It’

by Samantha Whidden
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On Saturday (September 25th), country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn took to Twitter to beautifully reflect on the 59th anniversary of becoming a Grand Ole Opry member.

“One of the happiest moments of my career was the day I became a member of the @opry,” Loretta Lynn tweets. “Nobody knows how much I love it. It is country music! I can’t believe it was 59 years ago!”

Loretta Lynn recently celebrated the success of her benefit concert Loretta Lynn’s Friends: Hometown Rising. The event was held to support the flood victims in Humphreys County, Tennessee. It took place earlier this month. As previously reported, the concert took place at the Grand Ole Opry House. Country superstars Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, and Luke Combs participated in the exciting event.  

The benefit concert raised nearly $1 million for those affected by the Tennessee floods. Speaking about the benefit’s success, Loretta Lynn stated, “This does my heart so good. [This] makes me thankful for great friends who show up when you need them.” 

Loretta Lynn was personally affected by the floods when her rich foreman, Wayne Spears, died in this summer’s flood. In a Facebook post, Lynn ranch stated, “With the heaviest of hearts we are saddened to report that our beloved foreman Wayne Spears did not survive being swept up in the flood waters. Wayne has been a family friend to the Lynns and a fixture to the Ranch for decades. And we are all devastated by his passing.”

Loretta Lynn Believes Country Music Has Died 

In a January 2020 interview on Martina McBride’s Vocal Point With Martina McBride podcast, Loretta Lynn revealed that she does believe that country music is actually dead.  “They’ve already let it [die],” Lynn stated about the music genre. “I think it’s dead. I think it’s a shame to let a type of music die. And I don’t care what any kind of music it is.”

Loretta Lynn said she was mad about country music’s struggles. “I think that it’s a sad situation because we should never let country music die.”

Lynn then said she thinks that every type of music should be saved. The country singer also believes country music is the greatest genre of music. “I think that every type of music should be saved. [Country has] been around, as far as I’m concerned, longer than any of it.”

Lynn began her country music career in 1960. Her most famous hits include “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man); “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind); “One’s on the Way”; and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Lynn has notably scored 24 No. 1 hit singles, as well as 11 number one albums. She has also been nominated 18 times for a GRAMMY Award. She won three times.

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