Country trailblazer Loretta Lynn will augment the upcoming release of her new studio album Still Woman Enough, due in March, with a reissue on black vinyl of the landmark LP she references in it, Coal Miner’s Daughter.
MCA Nashville/UMe will release the new edition of the vintage 1971 set on February 12. “It feels like it was just yesterday,” Lynn mused on social media. “50 years since I released the Coal Miner’s Daughter album.”
The original LP came out in the first week of 1971, following the appearance the previous October of its title song. The autobiographical song became the title of Lynn’s 1976 autobiography (also due for a new edition in February) and inspired the 1980 film about her life starring Sissy Spacek. She won an Oscar for her portrayal of the country star and her humble origins; the film went on to be the seventh highest-grossing picture of the year, and its soundtrack was certified gold.
Lynn says that “Coal Miner’s Daughter” remains her proudest achievement as a songwriter. It became the penultimate No.1 country hit of 1970, and went on to be named by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) as one of their Songs of the Century.
It was the only single from the ten-track album, produced by Owen Bradley, but the set also included such notables as the Conway Twitty composition “Hello Darlin’”, Larry Brinkley and Lee McAlphin’s “The Man of the House” and another Lynn composition, “What Makes Me Tick.” She also co-wrote “Any One, Any Worse, Any Where” with Lorene Allen.
On the front cover of Still Woman Enough, Lynn models a replica of the dress she’s wearing on the original Coal Miner’s Daughter album, created especially by her longtime dressmaker-designer Tim Cobb. She also looks back to that LP with the new record’s emotional, spoken-word “Coal Miner’s Daughter Recitation.” She added on social media: “50 years! This song is my story.”
The 50th anniversary vinyl edition of Coal Miner’s Daughter is released on February 12. Pre-order it here.