Country music star Loretta Lynn once said that two of her old friends were always at the top of the huge playlist she kept on her computer.
The legendary singer kept up to date with music technology to access new sounds and her favorite classics. But who, according to Lynn, stood out above the others on her extensive reading list? And why did these two stars “occupy a special place in [her] heart always”? Keep reading to find out.
Loretta Lynn was ‘really impressed’ with the new technology
In Lynn’s book Me and Patsy Kickin’ Up Dusta memoir about her friendship with Patsy Cline, she shared that her daughter, whom she named Patsy in honor of Cline, made a playlist of her favorite songs.
“I’m truly in awe of how all this new technology has changed the way people listen to music and what they listen to,” she wrote.
“I couldn’t believe all the songs you could find,” she added. “From newest to oldest, like the Carter family’s ‘Keep on the Sunny Side’.”
Lynn guessed she had amassed nearly a thousand tracks on her playlist, but two artists stood out above the rest. And longtime fans won’t be surprised, because they were two people she openly adored her entire life.
“…At the top is always Patsy Cline, followed by Conway Twitty,” Lynn revealed. “These two still hold a special place in my heart.”
Loretta Lynn revealed that Patsy Cline and Conway Twitty have earned their place at the top of her reading list
When Lynn arrived in Nashville in 1960, Cline was already a more established country music star. So the “Walkin’ After Midnight” singer took the new arrival under her loving wing, solidifying a quick friendship in a business where women were encouraged to be competitors, not companions.
Tragically, Cline died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30. “I still hate to think about this loss,” Lynn wrote in 2020s. Me and Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust. “It’s as real and as raw to me today as the day it happened.”
Then, when Lynn met Twitty in the late ’60s, they formed a close bond and collaborative friendship. They were so close and released iconic duets like “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” so often that many observers thought maybe something romantic was happening.
Lynn once said that they were never anything more than dear friends, but shared a deep bond. And she was in hospital with him when he died in 1993, later revealing she begged him not to leave her.
Loretta Lynn said Patsy Cline’s ghost cheered her on when she ‘felt really bad’
In Me and Patsy Kickin’ Up DustLynn revealed that she had seen Cline’s ghost at least once before she died in October 2022 at age 90. She said the “Crazy” singer seemed to encourage her to keep going when she felt she didn’t want to.
Lynn recalled that she was away from home and not in better health, but had a show to play in Vegas. “I felt really bad,” she noted.
“I was about to turn around and run when suddenly I looked at the audience, and there she was,” she recalled. “It was Patsy Cline!”
According to Lynn, her old friend nodded at her and said, “Go now, Little Gal. You have this.
Lynn mustered the strength to push through her show through supernatural encouragement, and she predicted that she would reunite with Cline in the afterlife sooner rather than later. “I think I’ll see her again,” she guessed, adding “pretty soon.”
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