October 15

FLASHBACK: Loretta Lynn Makes Her First Grand Ole Opry Appearance


It has been 58 years since the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Loretta Lynn became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, but she can still clearly remember her very first performance on the prestigious stage.

In an interview with Nashville’s Tennessean, Loretta Lynn recalls her debut on the said stage. She says:

“The first memory I have of the Grand Ole Opry was when I went out to sing, I remember tapping my foot, and that’s it. I don’t remember even singing. Now, I was so excited.”

While laughing, she adds:

“I went off stage and thought, ‘I forgot to listen to myself sing.”

Loretta Lynn marked her debut appearance on the Opry stage as “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” her first single, was clinching the charts. Accustomed to driving across the country, performing and visiting radio stations, Lynn and her husband, Oliver Lynn, spent their first night in Nashville sleeping in their car.

Lynn shares what it has been sleeping in the car in front of the Opry. She says:

“He’d park it (the car) in front of the Grand Ole Opry, and I didn’t know he’d done that. I woke up and seen (sic) the Grand Ole Opry, so I could not believe I was sleeping over from the Grand Ole Opry, but that’s where we were, sleeping in the car.”

Watch Loretta Lynn shares her experience during her debut at the Opry stage:

A memory that she will cherish forever, her first performance was on October 15, 1960. It is a date that she will never forget. Two years later, on September 25, she became an official member of the Opry.

“I’d like to say, the greatest moment of my life was when they inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry. It’s a moment you only feel once in your life,” Loretta Lynn ends.

Listen to Loretta Lynn’s first performance at the Grand Ole Opry:

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