How Loretta Lynn Turned a Banned Song Into a Huge Career Hit

Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn didn’t let a little thing like having her song banned at country radio get in the way of making it into a hit.

The year was 1975, and Lynn stirred up considerable controversy when she released a song called “The Pill.” The lyrics celebrated the freedom that the advent of the birth control pill afforded to married women who didn’t want to have more kids, and while the lyrics were really not particularly salacious, 60 country radio stations across the country banned the song for its theme.

As People reported, one preacher in Kentucky even took to the pulpit to decry Lynn and her song, but it backfired. His sermon sent “much of the congregation scurrying out to buy the record.”

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