Loretta Lynn Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’: ‘Y’all Sure Know How to Make a Girl Smile’

by Clayton Edwards
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Loretta Lynn is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her iconic album “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which dropped in 1971. The album was certified gold and garnered positive reviews. More importantly, it contained Lynn’s signature song. The autobiographical title track not only hit number one on the country charts but also resonated deeply with Loretta’s fans.

It’s a good time to be a Loretta Lynn fan. Her latest release “Still Woman Enough,” is streaming on Apple Music. Also, according to a tweet shared by the icon earlier today, “Coal Miner’s Daughter, “is being re-released on vinyl.

In the caption, she expressed her gratitude for the giveaway and said that they “Sure know how to make a girl smile.” The country legend added that she couldn’t believe that it had been fifty years since the album came out.

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” was Loretta Lynn’s sixteenth studio album. It was certified gold and peaked at number four on the Country Albums chart. The most significant thing about the release, though, was its lone single, the title track.

Loretta Lynn’s Life Story in a Song

“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” tells Loretta Lynn’s story. It starts by looking at her childhood in Appalachia. In true mountain spirit, it mentions their poverty but focuses on what her parents did to take care of Lynn and her siblings. She talks about her mother’s hard work in the home and her father mining coal at night and working their small farm during the day. In the song, she says that her father always managed to get the money needed to take care of their large and close-knit family.

The song is significant for several reasons. Firstly, it gives fans a look at who Loretta Lynn is. It highlights the fact that she never forgot her roots even with her fame. At the same time, it helped to amplify the country icon’s voice. A voice that she has used to speak out on behalf of women everywhere several times. Time Magazine even listed it as one of their “100 All-Time Songs.” According to the publication, the list includes, “100 (unranked) songs of enduring beauty, power, and inventiveness.” That seems incredibly fitting for the enduring country classic.

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