Celebrate Loretta Lynn’s 90th birthday with a special Opry Country Classics show
Get back to the country life in honour of the 90th birthday of one of the Grand Ole Opry’s most celebrated legends: Loretta Lynn. Celebrate Lynn — born in Butcher Hollow, KY, on April 14, 1932 — with a special featuring her family members, other country icons and artists she’s inspired on Thursday, April 14th at 9 pm ET at Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59).
Loretta Lynn’s 90th Birthday Celebration will include performances by Lynn’s sister and fellow Opry member, Crystal Gayle, as well as The Gatlin Brothers, Elizabeth Cook, Maggie Rose and the Opry debut of duo Twitty and Lynn.
Lynn, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, made her Opry debut on October 15, 1960, and was officially inducted as a member on September 25, 1962. Among her many accolades, Lynn has been honoured with three GRAMMY Awards, eight CMA Awards, membership into the Country Music and Songwriters Halls of Fame and the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first female artist to win the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year prize in 1972.
Twitty and Lynn is a duo comprised of the grandchildren of Lynn and Conway Twitty. Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have taken to the road to honour their grandparents with their tributes to Lynn and Twitty.
Elizabeth Cook, who has often been compared to Lynn in terms of songwriting prowess and feistiness, has fond memories with the country legend, including a bonding moment over having songs banned from the radio during a conversation sidestage at the Opry. Cook also hosts a daily Outlaw Country (Ch. 60) show, Elizabeth Cook’s Apron Strings, on SiriusXM.
“[Lynn] is so unpretentious, she just launched into conversation and started asking me questions about my music and my record,” Cook recalled in an interview with Glide Magazine. “I had just made [‘Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman’] and I told her it got banned from country radio and she said, ‘Honey, I had nine songs banned from country radio.’ And that was super encouraging to me in that moment.”