Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1978, Loretta Lynn Was 'Back' at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs
The legend scored her last Hot Country Songs leader to date.
On Jan. 28, 1978, Loretta Lynn's "Out of My Head and Back in My Bed" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Written by Peggy Forman and produced by Owen Bradley, the song became Lynn's 16th and most recent leader on the list.
Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, Ky., on April 14, 1932 as the second of eight children; the youngest, Crystal Gayle, was born in 1951. Their father, Ted, was a coal miner who died in 1959, a year before Lynn made her Hot Country Songs debut, with the No. 14-peaking "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." Her iconic "Coal Miner's Daughter" became her fourth No. 1 in 1970.
Lynn was just 15 when she married Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn and the much-chronicled drama in their marriage helped fuel her craft as a songwriter.
Lynn scored her first Hot Country Songs No. 1 in 1967 with her 13th entry, "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," which she co-penned with another of her younger sisters, Peggy Sue. Lynn's 16 No. 1s on the survey rank her fifth all-time among women, after Dolly Parton (25), Reba McEntire (24), Tammy Wynette (20) and Gayle (18).
Lynn joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988 and won the Legend Award at Billboard's 2015 Women in Music celebration.
On April 1 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, an all-star cast will join Lynn for a concert in honor of her upcoming 87th birthday. "My birthday wish has come true," Lynn said. "The only other wish I have is that Keith Urban jumps out of my birthday cake!" Replied Urban, one of the night's many scheduled performers, "Your wish is always my command, Miss Loretta!"