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Loretta Lynn Remembers Tootsie’s
Posted By Tom Roland On November 4, 2010 @ 11:26 AM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled
Two major icons are celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2010: Loretta Lynn  and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
You certainly know Loretta, the woman whose feisty songs about contemporary womanhood made her an easy selection for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
If you don’t know about Tootsie’s, you should. The purple bar sits on Lower Broadway in Nashville, across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium, where the the Grand Ole Opry was held when Loretta made her debut in 1960. Tootsie’s is a small watering hole that still exists. During its early years, it was the gathering place for many of country’s songwriters and biggest stars, including Willie Nelson , Kris Kristofferson , Mel Tillis , Faron Young , Marty Robbins , Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran .
Tootsie’s officially opened in March 1960. Loretta made her Opry debut in October that year, and her husband, Mooney, found the bar right away.
“He stayed at Tootsie’s while I sang at the Grand Ole Opry,” Loretta recalls. “And I when we’d get a break, I’d go over there with him. Of course, I’d have a Coke while he was drinkin’ whatever he was drinkin’ — God only knows what all it was — but Tootsie’s was a good place to hang out.”
Tootsie was the nickname of Hattie Louise Bess, who owned the bar. She died in February 1978, but she was responsible for giving the place some of its character.
“She used to have one of these big ol’ hat pins,” Loretta remembers. “If anybody got cross with her, she’d just take that hat pin and stick ‘em. It was fun to be at Tootsie’s.”
Tootsie’s and Loretta have a big couple of days ahead. Tootsie’s is honored with a 50th anniversary concert at the Ryman Sunday. Terri Clark , Mel Tillis and Kris Kristofferson are hosting that show, which will include appearances by Randy Houser , Mark Chesnutt  and Ronnie McDowell.
Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn  will be released Tuesday. Loretta sings the title track with Miranda Lambert  and Sheryl Crow . And the project also includes remakes of her songs by the likes of Alan Jackson , Carrie Underwood , Gretchen Wilson , Faith Hill  and Reba McEntire .
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 Willie Nelson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_willie_nelson
 Kris Kristofferson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_kris_kristofferson
 Mel Tillis: http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5251502,00.html
 Faron Young: http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5205939,00.html
 Marty Robbins: http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5622791,00.html
 Hank Cochran: http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2010/07/16/the-life-and-legacy-of-hank-cochran/
 Terri Clark: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_terri_clark
 Randy Houser: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_randy_houser
 Mark Chesnutt: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_mark_chesnutt
 Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn: http://www.amazon.com/Coal-Miners-Daughter-Tribute-Loretta/dp/B003ZTQN22/?tag=greaamercoun-20
 Miranda Lambert: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_miranda_lambert
 Sheryl Crow: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_6029230,00.html
 Alan Jackson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_alan_jackson
 Carrie Underwood: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_carrie_underwood
 Gretchen Wilson: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_gretchen_wilson
 Faith Hill: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_faith_hill
 Reba McEntire: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_reba_mcentire
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