Patsy Cline Stopped a Plan to Keep Loretta Lynn off the Grand Ole Opry by Crashing a Meeting

Country peers told Loretta Lynn to go back home after making it to the Grand Ole Opry

As Lynn mentioned in her autobiography, Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter, some country stars were not happy for her initial success in the early ’60s. She said “a lot of girl singers … were trying to get to the top at the same time” when she first arrived in Nashville and the competition caused friction at times.

Something to note about Lynn is her talents are natural and self-taught. She didn’t perform until she was in her twenties, having only sang to her children before then. At the insistence of her husband, Oliver, she learned to play a guitar and began writing songs.

Through her own hard work, she won talent shows and eventually ended up on the Grand Ole Opry. But other artists were envious because she was invited back so often. So, they began calling her up and telling her to go home. After being asked who she had sex with to “get on the Opry so fast,” she said she cried “day and night.”

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