Loretta Lynn – Fist City (1968)

FrontCover1Few performers in country music have proved as influential and iconic as Loretta Lynn. At a time when women usually took a back seat to men in Nashville, Lynn was a voice of strength, independence, and sometimes defiance, writing and singing songs that spoke to the concerns of working-class women with unapologetic honesty. She could sing of her hardscrabble childhood (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”), deal with the realities of relationships (“Fist City,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough”), deliver proto-feminist anthems (“The Pill”), and explore mature romance (her series of duets with Conway Twitty) and sound perfectly authentic at every turn.

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Lynn’s voice, strong but naturalistic and matched to tough, lively honky tonk arrangements, reinforced the home truths of her songs, and her success blazed trails for other female country artists.

As a member of the Grand Ol’ Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, she’s been honored by the country music establishment while still doing things her own way. She was a frequent presence on the country charts from 1960 to 1981, and even as tastes changed and her record sales faded, she continued to be a potent live attraction and a major influence on other artists.

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And at the age of 72, Lynn was discovered by a new generation of music fans when alternative rock star Jack White, a longtime fan, produced her 2004 album, Van Lear Rose. It wasn’t Lynn’s last hurrah, however. A few years later, she entered the studio with daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash to record hundreds of songs that would come out as a series of albums in the 2010s and beyond, starting with 2016’s Full Circle. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Fist City is the twelfth solo studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on April 15, 1968, by Decca Records.

In the issue dated May 4, 1968, Billboard magazine published a review of the album, saying, “Loretta Lynn couples potent lyrics with intense emotion on this LP. Call it county soul. “You Never Were Mine” is a tear jerker. An excellent LP.”

The April 27, 1968 issue of Cashbox featured a review which said, “Highlighted by her No. 1 smash, “Fist City”, Loretta Lynn’s latest album is a powerhouse effort that’s bound to be climbing the charts in short order. Lorett’’s warm, sincere singing has long made her the uncontested Queen of Country Music, and she seems only to get better with each successive disk.” The review highlighted “Fist City”, “A Satisfied Mind”, “I Don’t Wanna Play House”, and “What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am?)” as the best songs on the album.

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The album peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country LP’s chart, becoming Lynn’s second album to top the chart.

The first single, “What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am)” was released in August 1967[5] and peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The second single, “Fist City”, was released in January 1968[6] and peaked at No. 1 on the chart, making it Lynn’s second No. 1 hit.

Recording sessions for the album began on January 9, 1968, at Bradley’s Barn in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Two additional sessions followed on March 21 and March 22. “What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am)” was recorded during the April 20, 1967 session for 1967’s Singin’ with Feelin’. (wikipedia)

What a great Lady !

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Personnel:
Loretta Lynn (vocals)
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Harold Bradley (bass)
Floyd Cramer (piano)
Ray Edenton (guitar)
Larry Estes (drums)
Buddy Harman (drums)
Junior Huskey (bass)
Grady Martin (guitar)
Harold Morrison (banjo)
Hal Rugg (steel guitar)
Pete Wade (guitar)
Joe Zinkan (bass)
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The Jordanaires (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Fist City (Lynn) 2.14
02. Jackson Ain’t A Very Big Town (McAlpin) 2.23
03. You Didn’t Like My Lovin’ (Hayes/Lynn/Wilburn) 1.54
04. I’ve Got Texas In My Heart (M.Burk/R.Burk) 2.16
05. You Never Were Mine (Webb) 2.13
06. Somebody’s Back In Town (Lynn/D.Wilburn/T.Wilburn) 2.37
07. A Satisfied Mind (Hayes/Rhodes) 2.45
08. How Long Will It Take (McPherson) 2.25
09. I Don’t Wanna Play House (Sherrill/Sutton) 2.34
10. I’m Shootin’ For Tomorrow (Lynn) 1.54
11. What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am ?) (Lynn/Wilburn) 2.50

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