Loretta Lynn Celebrates 55th ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough’ Anniversary: ‘Lots Has Changed’

by Clayton Edwards

Have you ever thought about how long Loretta Lynn has been in the music business? The 89 -year-old country icon has been writing, recording, and performing for a whopping six decades. She’s been around long enough to inspire multiple generations of country singers. For instance, Dolly Parton says that the title of Queen of Country Music belongs to Loretta. Reba McEntire looks up to her as well. More recently, Carly Pearce included her song, “Dear Miss Loretta” on her full-length 29: Written In Stone. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We could be here all day talking about the influence and overall greatness of the Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Today, Loretta Lynn continues to inspire artists and fans alike. However, social media allows her to interact with those who adore her. At the same time, she shares milestones with the world through her various accounts. For instance, she took to Instagram yesterday to talk briefly about her album You Ain’t Woman Enough.

In the caption, Loretta Lynn said “It’s been 55 years since I put out the record You Ain’t Woman Enough. Lots has changed since then, but some things are still the same.”

The world is a completely different place. However, some things will always remain the same. For instance, You Ain’t Woman Enough will always be a classic album. Its title track is enough to make the album timeless. Additionally, it features Loretta’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” and Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin.'” In short, it’s a tough record to beat.

More About Loretta Lynn’s You Ain’t Woman Enough

Loretta Lynn dropped You Ain’t Woman Enough in September of 1966. It was her seventh solo studio record but her first to claim the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart. Additionally, it was her first record to chart on the publication’s all-genre album chart. After years of work, the Coal Miner’s Daughter was getting her due from the music world.

Loretta Lynn released the album’s title track as the sole single in May of that year. The success of the now-classic song helped to drive sales of the record. Much like the album it came from, “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” was Lynn’s biggest hit at the time. It reached the number 2 spot on the Billboard country singles chart of the day. Today, it’s one of Lynn’s signature hits along with “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You’re Looking at Country.”

Do yourself a favor and give this classic album a listen today. You’ll see how right Loretta Lynn was when she said that some things haven’t changed.