Country icon Loretta Lynn made her debut at the well-known country music program Grand Ole Opry on September 25, 1962. She celebrated her 50th membership anniversary exactly six years ago today. That means the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” has been a member of the famed musical program for 56 long years already. Her golden anniversary being a member of the Grand Ole Opry is certainly one of the most important and memorable nights in Lynn’s career. In honor of that grand celebration, let’s have a quick flashback of some of the things that had transpired that night in Nashville.
At the Grand Ole Opry 6 Years Ago
Some of the biggest names in country music gathered and paid tribute to Loretta Lynn as she reached the 50th year of her membership in the Grand Ole Opry. That was on September 25, 2012 – a night in Nashville that was filled with joy and triumph. Although the night was primarily intended to honor Lynn, it became a celebration of success for other country music artists as well whose life and career have been inspired by the legendary singer. Special guests who specifically made the tribute for the singer were Miranda Lambert and trio Pistol Annies, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, and Lynn’s sister, Crystal Gayle. Each of them performed for and with Lynn on stage at the celebration night. They also delivered their heartfelt personal messages to the country icon during the show.
Prior to the event’s conclusion, the Opry’s general manager, Pete Fisher honored Lynn with a Jonathan Arndt’s 18-karat pink and diamond watch. Certainly, Lynn deserved more than that for all her valuable contributions to the country music scene. But, such a gift was just the program’s simple way of thanking the singer for her impactful musical influence. In response to all of these, Lynn expressed her earnest gratitude to the program and how becoming a member of such helped shape her career and personal life.
“I’d like to say the greatest moment of my life was when they inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry,” Lynn said. “It’s a moment you only feel once in your life.”
Below is a clip showing some of the great female singers in country music honoring Loretta Lynn with a jovial singing of her signature hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
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