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Oct. 1: It’s a long way from “Fist City” to Butcher Holler, as Loretta Lynn proved 40 years ago today when when she recorded her signature song at the Bradley’s Barn studio in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” was a departure from the sassy material like “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” that made her a star in the mid-’60s. The record wasn’t released until mid-1970, apparently amid doubts that so personal a song would work. But work it did; it topped the Billboard country chart, propelled an album of the same name to No. 1, and became Lynn’s first single to make the pop chart. Not to mention serving as the title of her memoir and the Oscar-winning movie based on it.

Mix Magazine‘s Web site has a good feature on the recording of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” It includes a capsule biography, as does Lynn’s profile on the Country Music Hall of Fame Web site. For a Loretta Lynn discography, click here.

— Kevin Paulk, 3 Chords a Day