Loretta Lynn: 20 Essential Songs

From her signature "Coal Miner's Daughter" to her duet with Jack White "Portland, Oregon"

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"Blue Kentucky Girl" (1965)

Johnny Mullins wrote it, but Lynn embodied the ache of a heartsick young woman waiting for her beloved to come home from "the bright lights of the town." Over the polite pluck of banjo and the Jordanaires cooing in the distance, Lynn relayed the story as if it were a diary entry. It was an unabashedly romantic performance, coming close to something her idol Patsy Cline might have recorded. Emmylou Harris had a hit with the song in 1979. 


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