Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle; Photo by Chris Hollo for Grand Ole Opry
KELLY BRICKEY • JANUARY 23, 2017 - 9:41 AM
Sisters are forever friends through thick and thin, so it’s no surprise that Loretta Lynn stepped up to the plate to honor her sister Crystal Gayle with her induction into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night (Jan. 21).
Gayle, who had been invited to join into the iconic country club by Carrie Underwood, was formally inducted by Lynn who came up on stage and gave a sweet little speech about the honor of being a part of the Opry together.
“We’ve been together a long time, honey. And we’ve never had a fight,” Lynn said. “It was the greatest moment of my life when they made me a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962. I know she is just as happy as I was then.”
Making her debut 50 years ago when she was merely 16 years old, Gayle found the honor one that she could have never imagined. Remaining a staple in the country music genre, she finally found her place at the heart of country music within the Opry community.
“Being a member of the Opry is just incredible,” Gayle beamed. “It’s really hard to comprehend. I have felt like a part of the Opry for all these years. Now, I’m official.”
The next members set to join the Grand Ole Opry are Dailey & Vincent, a GRAMMY-nominated duo who have made a big impact on country and bluegrass music throughout their career. They will be presented with the induction on Saturday, March 11.