Loretta Lynn Recalls First Opry Memories

Debut Song and Homemade Dress Were Hits

Loretta Lynn wrote what would become her debut hit – “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” – when she was only 24. And as the legend goes, it only took her 20 minutes and a $17 guitar.

But when she had the chance to perform that song on the Opry stage, Lynn told Billboard that she doesn’t remember actually singing it.

“I don’t remember anything but tapping my foot,” she says in the story about country legends reflecting on the Nashville landmarks that shaped their careers.

“When I was a little girl in Kentucky, I always listened to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. I never dreamed I’d ever see the Opry,” Lynn says, “and doggone it if I didn’t sing there. The first time, I had this little short, tight dress that I made myself, and I sang ‘I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,’ my little record that was out at the time.”

The story also includes famous recollections from Ricky Skaggs on the Ryman Auditorium, Tanya Tucker on Music Row, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s Jeff Hanna on the Station Inn, and more.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.