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You Ain't Woman Enough is the seventh solo studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on September 12, 1966, by Decca Records.[1] It was Lynn's first No. 1 album on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart, as well as her first album to chart on the Billboard Top LPs chart.

You Ain't Woman Enough
Loretta Lynn-You Ain't Woman Enough.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 1966
RecordedNovember 15, 1965–April 11, 1966
Studio
  • Columbia Recording Studio (Nashville)
  • RCA Victor Studio (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length26:53
LabelDecca
ProducerOwen Bradley
Loretta Lynn chronology
I Like 'Em Country
(1966)
You Ain't Woman Enough
(1966)
Country Christmas
(1966)
Singles from You Ain't Woman Enough
  1. "You Ain't Woman Enough"
    Released: May 9, 1966

The album includes five Lynn compositions, one of which was co-written with other songwriters. The album also features cover verions of previous hits by other artists, including Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and Dolly Parton's "Put It Off Until Tomorrow".

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]

Cashbox published a review in the issue dated September 24, 1966, which said, "With the title tune of this set having recently hit the Number 1 spot on the Country charts, Loretta Lynn should sell heaps of LP’s in a growing country market. The lark offers fans, in addition to the click, top reading of such strong tunes as "These Boots Are Made For Walkin’", "God Gave Me a Heart to Forgive", and "Put It Off Until Tomorrow". Watch this package score sales aplenty in no time at all."[3]

AllMusic gave the album a positive review, calling Lynn's recording of the Wilburn Brothers' hit "It's Another World" an "excellent version" of their song.[2]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at No. 29 on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart dated October 8, 1966. It peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated November 12 and became Lynn's first album to top the chart. The album was also Lynn's first album to appear on the US Billboard Top LP's chart, where it peaked at No. 140 on the chart dated March 25, 1967.

The album's only single, "You Ain't Woman Enough", was released in May 1966[4] and became Lynn's biggest hit up to that point, peaking at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

"A Man I Hardly Know" charted in 1967 at No. 72 when it was released as the B-side of "If You're Not Gone Too Long" from Lynn's 1967 album, Singin' with Feelin'.

RecordingEdit

Recording of the album took place over three sessions at two studios. The first two session on January 13 and March 22, 1966, were held at Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The final session for the album was on April 11, 1966, at RCA Victor Studio in Nashville. "You Ain't Woman Enough" was recorded on November 15, 1965, during a session for 1966's I Like 'Em Country, at Columbia Recording Studio.[5]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."You Ain't Woman Enough"Loretta LynnNovember 15, 19652:11
2."Put It Off Until Tomorrow"
March 22, 19662:28
3."These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"Lee HazlewoodApril 11, 19662:18
4."God Gave Me a Heart to Forgive"
  • Iva Cummings
  • Bob Cummings
  • Barbara Cummings
  • Lynn
January 13, 19662:54
5."Keep Your Change"LynnJanuary 13, 19661:52
6."Someone Before Me"Bobby HicksApril 11, 19662:12
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."The Darkest Day"LynnApril 11, 19662:08
2."Tippy Toeing"Bobby HardenMarch 22, 19661:52
3."Talking to the Wall"
  • Warner MacPherson
  • Bill Montagu
March 22, 19662:29
4."A Man I Hardly Know"LynnJanuary 13, 19662:05
5."Is It Wrong (For Loving You)"MacPhersonMarch 22, 19662:24
6."It's Another World"Richard D. StatlerApril 11, 19662:00

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from the Decca recording session records.[5]

  • Willie Ackerman – drums
  • Harold Bradley – electric bass guitar
  • Owen Bradley – producer
  • David Briggs – piano
  • Fred Carter – electric guitar
  • Floyd Cramer – piano
  • Ray Edenton – acoustic guitar
  • Lloyd Green – steel guitar
  • Buddy Harman – drums
  • Kelso Herston – guitar
  • Junior Huskey – bass
  • The Jordanaires – background vocals
  • Loretta Lynn – lead vocals
  • Grady Martin – electric guitar
  • Hal Rugg – steel guitar
  • Pete Wade – guitar
  • Joe Zinkan – bass

ChartsEdit

Album

Chart (1966–1967) Peak
position
US Hot Country Albums (Billboard)[6] 1
US Top LP's (Billboard)[7] 140

Singles

Title Year Peak
position
US
Country

[8]
"You Ain't Woman Enough" 1966 2

Charted B-sides

Title Year Peak
position
A-side
US
Country

[8]
"A Man I Hardly Know" 1967 72 "If You're Not Gone Too Long"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Loretta Lynn – You Ain't Woman Enough". Discogs.
  2. ^ a b You Ain't Woman Enough at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Cashbox - September 24, 1966" (PDF). American Radio History. Cashbox. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Billboard - May 21, 1966" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Loretta's Recording Sess". LORETTA LYNN FAN WEBSITE.
  6. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History - Hot Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Loretta Lynn Chart History - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.