Loretta Lynn

When the Tingle Becomes a Chill

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It is gratifying that, at the height of Loretta Lynn's popularity, record buyers rejected the confusing and ridiculous "Red, White and Blue," a self-penned "Kaw-Liga" rip-off about Native American pride (or something). The song barely made the Top 20 at a time when Lynn was one of the hottest stars around. "Red, White and Blue" was probably intended to cash in on the American bicentennial, and the accompanying album, When the Tingle Becomes a Chill, bore an advertisement for Lynn's autobiography, published the same year. The whole enterprise could be written off as crass money-making if not for the gorgeous title track, a big hit and by far the best cut on a very poor album. Does anyone really want to hear Loretta Lynn sing "Rhinestone Cowboy"? Embarrassing.

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