Originally released on October 5th, 1970, Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” topped the charts 50 years ago today.
Written solely by Lynn herself, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is a reflection of her childhood, growing up in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. It went on to become the title track of Lynn’s 1971 album, Coal Miner’s Daughter.
To this day, it’s regarded as one of the greatest country songs of all time and was even the title of Lynn’s first autography (written in 1976), as well as the title of her 1980 biopic starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, with Spacek winning Best Actress for her performance.