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Today in Country Music, October 15, featuring Loretta Lynn.

Posted By: Barry Kent · 10/15/2012 10:34:00 AM

Today in Country Music, October 15

On this day in 2011, the R-I-A-A issued gold certification for Jamey Johnson's That Lonesome Song… Johnson's latest album is a tribute to country music legend Hank Cochran

Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney found himself at the top of both the Mediabase and R&R Country Singles charts with "Don't Blink"… it was his 13th trip to the top of the country charts

Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens teamed up at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart with "Streets Of Bakersfield" in 1988

And on this day in 1960, Loretta Lynn made her first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry singing "Honky Tonk Girl"

In the late 1950’s Loretta Lynn regularly sang at churches and in local concerts before her marriage.  After she married, she stopped singing in public, focusing on family life. Instead, she passed her love of music on to her children, often singing to them around the house. When she was 21 years old, her husband bought her a $17.00 Harmony guitar as an anniversary present, which she taught herself to play.  Loretta began singing in local clubs in 1959 and later formed her own band, The Trailblazers, which included her brother Jay Lee Webb. She appeared in a televised Tacoma, Washington, talent contest, hosted by Buck Owens, which was seen by Canadian Norm Burley, one of the founders of Zero Records. Zero Records president, Canadian Don Grashey arranged a recording session in Hollywood.   In 1960, under the Zero label, Lynn recorded "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl". The Lynns toured the country to promote the release to country stations, while Grashey and Del Roy took the music to KFOX in Long Beach, California. When the Lynns reached Nashville, the song was a hit, climbing to No. 14 on Billboard's C & W Chart, and Lynn began cutting demo records for the Wilburn Brothers' Publishing Company.Through the Wilburns, Lynn was able to secure a contract with Decca Records. From the onset of her career fans took notice and rallied behind her all the way, with the first Loretta Lynn Fan Club formed in November 1960. By the end of the year Billboard magazine listed Loretta Lynn as the No. 4 Most Promising Country Female Artist.

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