Entertainer of the Year

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Entertainer of the Year
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 26, 1973
RecordedAugust 19, 1970–December 12, 1972
StudioBradley's Barn (Mount Juliet)
ProducerOwen Bradley
Loretta Lynn chronology
Here I Am Again
Entertainer of the Year
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
Singles from Entertainer of the Year
  1. "Rated "X""
    Released: November 20, 1972

Entertainer of the Year is the twenty-second solo studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on February 26, 1973, by MCA Records.[1] This was Lynn's first album with MCA following Decca's consolidation into the MCA label.

This album was titled Entertainer of the Year after Lynn received the Entertainer of the Year award from the Country Music Association the previous year, becoming the first woman to win that award.

Critical reception[edit]

In the March 10, 1973 issue, Billboard published a review that said, "One of the more remarkable things about this album is its ability to demonstrate Miss Lynn as a blues singer. On a few of the cuts, her blues are superb. There are more sides of Loretta here than we're used to, and they're good." The review also noted "Hanky Panky Woman", "I'm All He's Got", and "Possessions" as the best cuts on the album.[2]

Cashbox published a review in the March 17 issue which said, "Although Loretta's latest is titled after her recent country music award, it would not be overstating matters to claim that she is the entertainer of any year. This album continues her already established fine tradition of recording the best country material available and delivering it with the style and grace that only she can. Included are her current hit, "Rated "X"", "Legend in My Mind", "Hanky Panky Woman", and "Possessions". A sure fire winner in, and for, the Entertainer of the Year."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [4]

The album peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country LP's chart.

The album's only single, "Rated "X"", was released in November 1972[5] and peaked atop the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The single also peaked at No. 1 in Canada on the RPM Country Singles chart.


Recording sessions for the album took place on August 21 and December 12, 1972, at Bradley's Barn in Mount Juliet, TN. Three songs on the album were recorded during previous sessions. "Hanky Panky Woman" was recorded during the August 19, 1970 session for 1970's Coal Miner's Daughter. "Rated "X"" is the only song ever released of the three songs recorded during the session on August 24, 1971. "Legend in My Mind" was recorded on April 25, 1972, during a session for 1972's Here I Am Again.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Rated "X""Loretta LynnAugust 24, 19712:35
2."Till the Pain Outwears the Shame"Wiley J. SmithAugust 21, 19722:40
3."Ruby, Madge and Mable"August 21, 19722:37
4."Legend in My Mind"
  • Paul Richey
  • Theresa Beaty
April 25, 19722:52
5."Ain't It Funny"Tracey LeeDecember 12, 19722:43
6."Yesterday Will Come Again Tonight"
  • Glenn Ray
  • Jermiah Stone
December 12, 19722:45
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Hanky Panky Woman"
  • Jim Owen
  • Lois Johnson
August 19, 19702:46
2."I'm All He's Got (But He's Got All of Me)"Wiley J. SmithDecember 12, 19722:27
3."I'm Paying for My Raising"
  • Doris Hutchins
  • Harold J. Norrid
August 21, 19722:00
  • Martha Baker
  • S. Burnett
December 12, 19722:29
5."I Need Someone to Hold Me (When I Cry)"Raymond A. SmithDecember 12, 19722:23


Adapted from the album liner notes and MCA recording session records.[6]

  • Harold Bradley – bass guitar
  • Owen Bradley – producer
  • Ray Edenton – acoustic guitar
  • Buddy Harman – drums
  • Darrell Johnson - mastering
  • The Jordanaires – background vocals
  • Loretta Lynn – lead vocals
  • Grady Martin – guitar
  • Charlie McCoy – harmonica, vibes
  • Bob Moore – bass
  • Doctor Elkin L. Rippy – liner notes
  • Hargus Robbins – piano
  • Hal Rugg – steel, dobro
  • Jerry Shook – guitar
  • Jerry Smith – piano
  • Herman Wade – guitar
  • Pete Wade – guitar



Chart (1973) Peak
US Hot Country LP's (Billboard)[7] 1


Title Year Peak position


"Rated "X"" 1972 1 1


  1. ^ "Loretta Lynn – Entertainer Of The Year – Loretta". Discogs.
  2. ^ "Billboard - March 10, 1973" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Cashbox - March 17, 1973" (PDF). American Radio History. Cashbox. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ Entertainer of the Year at AllMusic
  5. ^ "Billboard - December 2,1972" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Loretta's Recording Sess". Loretta Lynn Fan Website. Archived from the original on 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  7. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History - Hot Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  9. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Results: RPM Weekly". www.bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2019.