Back to the Country

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Back to the Country
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 3, 1975
RecordedDecember 12, 1972–December 19, 1974
StudioBradley's Barn (Mount Juliet)
ProducerOwen Bradley
Loretta Lynn chronology
They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy
Back to the Country
Singles from Back to the Country
  1. "The Pill"
    Released: January 27, 1975

Back to the Country is the twenty-fifth solo studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on February 3, 1975, by MCA Records.[1]

The album's single, "The Pill", a controversial song about birth control, brought Lynn much notoriety in the media and was banned on a number of radio stations, although the single was reportedly her best selling of the decade.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]

In the February 15, 1975 issue, Billboard published a review that said, "Is this the Loretta we know? Singing about "The Pill" (her runaway hit single), a barroom fight, skinny dipping, sharing a bed and other such infidelities. It's down to earth country, and no one can sing that sort of song the way Loretta does it. The only amazing thing about it is that she doesn't sing a single one of her own songs. But she does others, including those previously performed by Marie Osmond, Billy Swan, Cal Smith, and a turn-around-version of a Conway Twitty hit."[3]

Cashbox also published a review in their February 15 issue which said, "Loretta Lynn will always be No. 1 among her fans and with the chart positions she holds. Each release, single or LP, hits the same for her and MCA. Another fine collection including "Will You Be There", "Paper Roses", "Mad Mrs. Jesse Brown", "Back to the Country", "I Can Help", and lots more good country cuts. Loretta never left the country, but we like the "back to."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot Country LPs chart.

The album's only single, "The Pill", was released in January 1975[5] and peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100, despite being banned by a number of radio stations. The single was also successful in Canada, where it peaked at No. 1 on the RPM Country Singles chart and No. 49 on the RPM Top Singles chart.


Recording sessions for the album began on August 29, 1974, at Bradley's Barn in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Three additional sessions followed on December 17, 18, and 19. Three songs on the album were from recording sessions for previous albums. "The Pill" and "The Hands of Yesterday" were recorded during the December 12, 1972 session for 1973's Entertainer of the Year. "Paper Roses" was recorded on March 4, 1974, during a session for 1974's They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."The Pill"
  • Lorene Allen
  • Don McHan
  • T. D. Bayless
December 12, 19722:35
2."Will You Be There?"
  • Gene Dunlop
  • Lee Miller
December 18, 19742:19
3."It's Time to Pay the Fiddler"
  • Don Wayne
  • Walter Haynes
December 17, 19743:51
4."Paper Roses"
March 4, 19743:15
5."You Love Everybody But You"Tom T. HallAugust 29, 19743:15
6."Mad Mrs. Jesse Brown"Ronnie RogersDecember 19, 19743:24
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Back to the Country"Tracey LeeDecember 19, 19742:19
2."The Hands of Yesterday"Ray GriffDecember 12, 19722:54
3."I Can Help"Billy SwanDecember 19, 19742:52
4."Another You"Jimmy PeppersDecember 18, 19742:35
5."Jimmy on My Mind"Conway TwittyDecember 18, 19742:50


Adapted from the album liner notes.[1]

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1975) Peak
US Hot Country LP's (Billboard)[7] 2


Title Year Peak position


"The Pill" 1974 5 70 1 49


  1. ^ a b "Loretta Lynn – Back To The Country". Discogs.
  2. ^ Back to the Country at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Billboard - February 15, 1975" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Cashbox - February 15, 1975" (PDF). American Radio History. Cashbox. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Billboard - February 8, 1975" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Loretta's Recording Sess". Loretta Lynn Fan Website.
  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. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  10. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Results: RPM Weekly". Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  11. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Results: RPM Weekly". Retrieved 27 April 2019.