Wallet-chain-and-sideburn types looking for country-fried cred tend to forget that Loretta Lynn played the designation "First Lady of Country Music" for keeps: No president's wife in our lifetime had such queenly style. The onetime honky-tonk girl parlayed her early, dirty Decca Records success into a run of sensational hits that shrewdly deep-sixed the martyrly baby-come-back style of the period's country female singing. No, it was upside-your-head all the way for the girl from Butcher Hollow; the message was a... More >>>
By Russ Harrington
The fact that she punched out her date prevented Loretta Lynn from winning the prom queen's tiara. But the guitar was a great consolation prize.