by: Kevin Richards – Taste of Country

Country music was thriving in the ‘70s with a diverse class of entertainers who expanded the genre’s reach and delivered some timeless songs. New singers like John Conlee and Dolly Parton were making a name for themselves, as were established stars like Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride were headed to the next level of their careers. Furthermore, the ‘70s brought us some blockbuster songs like ‘Convoy’ and ‘The Gambler’ that took on a life of their own in the movies and on television, while former rock and pop stars like Charlie Daniels and Conway Twitty were conquering the mainstream country music market. Taste of Country is proud to bring you back to enjoy the memories of the best ‘70s songs!

‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
Loretta Lynn

In 1970, Loretta Lynn was already an established star in country music. By this time, she was the first woman to win the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award and had accumulated 10 years’ worth of hits, including ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough’ and ‘Fist City.’ Throughout her early career, Lynn had always wanted to write a song about her youth, and the chance finally came while she was filming a television show. While on break in her dressing room, she composed nine verses of her life set to music, and while only six of those verses made it to the record, the song became a blockbuster hit and the title of a movie starring Sissy Spacek. At age 76, Lynn is still delighting fans by performing her signature song at the close of every show.