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Loretta Lynn was member of the Grand Ole Opry for over half a century. She celebrated her 60th Opry anniversary just days before she passed away on October 4, 2022 at the age of 90.
Although the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer became a legendary figure in country music, she had to work her way up the ladder to earn that status
Loretta made her first Opry appearance, on October 15, 1960, about two years before she became a member. In a clip from an old interview, she recalled her memory of that momentous performance.
Turns out, she was overwhelmed with the weight of the moment…and blocked everything out!
“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 to record her first record. They 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. 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.
Over the course of her career, Loretta sold over 48 million albums worldwide. She came a long way from the night she spent sleeping in her car with only enough money to afford a few doughnuts.
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Enjoy watching Loretta talk about her early Opry memories in the clip below. We’re glad she shared these stories with us before she passed away.
Loretta was a legend, and she is so dearly missed…