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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!