TODAY IN HISTORY: Coal Miner’s Daughter Reaches Number One

Loretta Lynn.

Today in 1970, Loretta Lynn‘s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” finally reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart after almost eight months slowly climbing the charts. It held the spot for one-week. It also became Loretta’s first charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 83. She later released an album of the same name in 1970, after only releasing the title track as a single. The single later served as the name for Loretta’s autobiography “Coal Miner’s Daughter: The Autobiography” in 1976, which she had co-wrote. It also served as the name of the movie autobiography based on her life “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Loretta released a new version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in September 2010 with Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert. The trio performed it for the first time together on the 2010 Country Music Association awards. The trio version peaked on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart at #55 in December 2010 and appeared on Loretta’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn” album. On the release of this single, Loretta became the first female singer in history to release a single over six decades. This version of the song has been nominated for several awards, including CMA Musical Event Of The Year.

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