54 years ago, Loretta Lynn became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Although the "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer is now considered a legendary figure in country music, Lynn had to work her way up the ladder to earn such a status.
In the clip below, Loretta remembers her first Opry appearance, which was on October 15, 1960, about two years before she became a member.
"I remember patting my foot and that's it. I don't remember even singing," she said.
Loretta said that before her first performance at the Opry, she and her husband Doo had come to Nashville for her to record her first record. The two of them had to sleep in their car overnight, because they didn't have enough money for a hotel.
As chances would be, Doo had parked the car across from the Opry itself, something Loretta thought was quite incredible.
Loretta fondly recalled that even though they didn't have much money, Doo went and bought them some doughnuts and they ate them in the car.
Today, Lynn has sold over 48 million albums worldwide and is a regular guest at the Opry. She sure has come a long way since the day she spent sleeping in her car with only enough money to afford a few doughnuts.
In honor of Lynn's 54th year as a member of the Opry, enjoy the videos below of her remembering her first appearance there and another of her singing "Blue Kentucky Girl" during one of her early performances at the Opry in 1966.
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