Loretta Lynn: 20 Essential Songs

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

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"I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" (1960)

Lynn's first single, written not long after hubby Doolittle gave her a guitar for an anniversary present, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" remains one of her finest moments and a concise portrait of the spitfire she has always presented on record and onstage. A country shuffle with some Bakersfield swing, the song reconciled the shame of losing her man with the joy of the independence it sparked. And the tangy twang of her young voice was a tell-tale sign that Lynn would never really stray far from her Appalachian roots. 

 

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