Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Listen to the interview from NPR’s Fresh Air
In 1960, while leaning up against an old toilet, country star Loretta Lynn wrote her first song, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” in just 20 minutes on a $17 guitar her husband had bought her as an anniversary present.
At the time, Lynn was 24. She had been married for 11 years and already had four children. (She would later have two more.)
“I just sat down with my guitar,” she tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “I was outside and leaning up against the toilet in Washington State. And I sat there and wrote ‘Honky Tonk Girl’ and ‘Whispering Sea.’ ” more!
Sunday, August 15th, 2004
Monday, May 3rd, 2004Country Legend Teams Up with Rocker from White Stripes By Melissa Block NPR May 3, 2004 — Loretta Lynn and her songs are at the heart of country music. For more than 40 years, she’s been singing and writing songs that are honest and timeless. Much of her music takes the vantage point of a strong woman not to be trifled with, like those in “Fist City,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take my Man),” and “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind).” (more…)