fbpx

October 21

The Song that Catapulted Loretta Lynn’s Career

1  comments

Cliché as it may sound but small beginnings indeed grow into great opportunities and that is somehow synonymous to Loretta Lynn’s career. To those who follow her career beginnings, it is no surprise to trace it back to the only song that made the name Loretta Lynn a bankable name in the country music scene- I’m a Honky Tonk Girl. It is also amazing to know that this was released as a debut song and written by its singer, Lynn herself. Reaching and living the dream is an understatement of Loretta Lynn’s hard work as it started as a self-promoted album with Lynn jumping from one radio station to another.

I’m a Honky Tonk Girl, Loretta Lynn

In her interviews and 2012 book, Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics, Loretta Lynn shared a nostalgic memory on how the song was written and the person who inspired the song’s lyrics. She said:

“When I wrote this song, I didn’t think anybody would ever hear this song. Doo bought me this little ol’ $17 guitar. I thought it was the greatest thing I ever had, you know? It probably was. I wrote this song in about twenty minutes. I never dreamed that song would be heard, but then it was a single.

A girl I had picked strawberries with started coming in the little club where I worked. She would sit in the same booth every night. She never had drunk before, so after about two or three beers she would start to cry. One night on my ten-minute break I got down offstage and asked her why she was coming to the club alone and drinking. She told me her husband had left her and their seven children about three months ago for a younger woman who didn’t live too far from where she lived. Then we both cried. That night I wrote this song about her.”

Listen to that song below and tell us what you think:


Tags

honkytonk, Loretta Lynn


  • {"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

    You may also like

    Biopic Film & Song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Still Mesmerizes Fans in the 21st Century

    Biopic Film & Song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Still Mesmerizes Fans in the 21st Century

    Do You Know The Story Behind The Hymn “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”? 

    Do You Know The Story Behind The Hymn “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”? 

    Who Would Dare Say “God is Dead” to Loretta Lynn?

    Who Would Dare Say “God is Dead” to Loretta Lynn?

    Cynthia Clawson Assures Us That “It Won’t Rain Always”

    Cynthia Clawson Assures Us That “It Won’t Rain Always”

    Flashback to Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” That Incredibly Impressed Everyone

    Flashback to Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” That Incredibly Impressed Everyone

    The Voice Contestant Covers “Dixieland Delight”

    The Voice Contestant Covers “Dixieland Delight”

    Latest Stories

    Walker Hayes’ ‘Fancy Like’ Has Him A Little Baffled By Its Success

    Walker Hayes’ ‘Fancy Like’ Has Him A Little Baffled By Its Success

    Walker Hayes and wife Laney Beville Hayes: A Love That Stayed

    Walker Hayes and wife Laney Beville Hayes: A Love That Stayed

    These Intriguing Walker Hayes Songs Uniquely Pull Inspiration From Life

    These Intriguing Walker Hayes Songs Uniquely Pull Inspiration From Life

    Walker Hayes: Meet the Breakout Country Singer

    Walker Hayes: Meet the Breakout Country Singer

    These Are The Very Best Sugarland Songs Across Their Career, So Far

    These Are The Very Best Sugarland Songs Across Their Career, So Far

    Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” Is All About Making Your Parents Proud

    Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” Is All About Making Your Parents Proud

    Subscribe to our newsletter now!

    Country Thang Daily

    >