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Vintage Video: Loretta Lynn Tops the Country Singles With "Coal Miner's Daughter" (But Only For One Week)

by VVN Music

When you hear a classic song like Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" you just automatically figure that it topped the charts for weeks.

That wasn't the case for Lynn. Her autobiographical song, which has been her signature tune ever since, hit number 1 forty-seven years ago today on December 19, 1970 but stayed there for just 1 week, being replaced the next week by Lynn Anderson's Rose Garden which would hold the spot for five weeks.

In fact, it wasn't even Lynn's biggest chart hit.  She had a number of singles that stayed number 1 for two weeks:
  • After the Fire Has Gone (with Conway Twitty) (1971)
  • One's On the Way (1972)
  • Love is the Foundation (1973)
  • Someone Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight) (1974)
  • Out of My Head and Back in My Bed (1978)

The top five country hits on December 19, 1970:
  1. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
  2. Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
  3. I Can't Be Myself / Sidewalks of Chicago - Merle Haggard
  4. Endlessly - Sonny James
  5. Fifteen Years Ago - Conway Twitty