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Lynn returns, appears at hall of fame inductions

Monday, October 23, 2017 – Loretta Lynn made her first public appearance since she had a stroke by helping to induct Alan Jackson to the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Lynn, 85, had a stroke in May at her home in Hurricane Mills, Teen. Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schiltz also were inducted.

"You know the first time I ever met Alan and seen Alan, he was a scared little boy," Lynn said. "He was going through his songs, and I remember, I looked at him and said 'you're going to be one of the greatest singers in country music. He hasn't let me down."

"My favorite songs are the heartbreak songs," Jackson said. "I love writing them. I love singing them. It's hard to write an uptempo song."

George Strait was on hand to help induct Jackson, singing, "Remember When."

"I've lived for 40 years within parentheses," Schiltz said. "It's been a safe place to pursue the process of making up songs that my collaborators and I wanted to hear."

Vince Gill attended to help induct Schiltz.

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