The saying, "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow" summarizes nicely Loretta Lynn's superstar Country career, which started in 1960 when she wrote and recorded "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" as her debut single. The song was a hit, climbing to #14 on Billboard's C&W Chart.
Loretta Lynn wrote "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" on a guitar bought by her husband Doolittle Lynn. She recalled: "When I wrote this song, I didn't think anybody would ever hear this song. Doo bought me this little ol' $17 guitar. I thought it was the greatest thing I ever had, you know? It probably was. I wrote this song in about twenty minutes. I never dreamed that song would be heard, but then it was a single."
On October 15th 1960, Loretta Lynn made her first appearance on the 'Grand Ole Opry'... She so impressed the 'Opry' staff that she was invited back for 21 consecutive week-ends.
By the late 1960s Loretta had begun picking up various Female Vocalist of the Year trophies and in 1972 Loretta Lynn became the first woman in history to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year trophy. Lynn dominated the Country charts throughout the rest of the decade and has continued to record hit records through the ensuing years. Her 50th anniversary year began with the award of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement on January 31, 2010.