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Editor James Bennett's column: Loretta Lynn’s songs live on through Crystal Gayle

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Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle and her sister Loretta Lynn had a complicated relationship, personally and professionally

Gayle was a crossover sensation who followed in Lynn's well-worn cowboy boots. She learned there only one Loretta Lynn, and everyone knew it. 

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Crystal Gayle waves to the audience Sunday night, Oct. 2 at the Oxford Civic Center. Her sister Peggy Sue Wright, at left, sings backup during the performance.


Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn on the cover of People magazine in 1978.

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or