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Loretta Lynn Celebrates 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry

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In 1962, Loretta Lynn was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, just two years after her debut on the famous Nashville stage. On Tuesday night (Sept. 25), the iconic country singer celebrated the 50th anniversary of her induction with a commemorative show.

Lynn’s sister, Crystal Gayle, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies were amongst the stars that gathered to play tributes to the famous ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ at the show.

“When they put me on the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ I was so nervous I don’t remember anything other than patting my foot to the songs,” Lynn said (quote according to The Tennessean). “I get so nervous any time I go on anywhere, but the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ is different. I think any Grand Ole Opry member will say that. When you go on the ‘Opry’ it’s absolutely a different feeling, and it’s something that you never feel again.”

Lynn attended the event in a gold sequined floor-length gown. She took her seat in the front row in time to hear Womack’s rendition of ‘I Know How,’ and see her sister sing ‘Please Help Me I’m Falling (in Love With You),’ ‘Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),’ and ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.’

Gayle told the crowd that being present for her sister’s 50th anniversary celebration, “means more to me than I think a lot of people would think.”

“I’ve been with her for those 50 years from being there when she first started out,” she added. “I’ve seen all of the ups and the downs and the bumps in the road and the highlights … she is a great sister.”

When Lambert took the stage, she was also overcome with emotion. She tipped her hat to Lynn and called the iconic country singer her reason for “standing there.” Of course, Lambert couldn’t cry all night long. She played a few solo sangs and then sang with Pistol Annies.

A natural performer, Lynn couldn’t let all of those young country stars take the stage without contributing her own performance to the evening. She closed out the night by playing — you guessed it –’ Coal Miner’s Daughter.’

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