Back to the Country

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Back to the Country
Back to the Country.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 3, 1975
RecordedDec. 12, 1972—Dec. 19, 1974
StudioBradley's Barn, Mount Juliet, TN
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][unreliable source]

The album's only 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 Lynn's best selling of the decade.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The only single released from the album, "The Pill", peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, despite being banned by a number of radio stations.


Recording sessions for the album began on August 29, 1974, at Bradley's Barn in Mount Juliet, TN. Three additional sessions followed on December 17, December 18, and December 19, 1974. 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.[2][unreliable source]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."The Pill"Lorene Allen, Don McHan, T. D. Bayless, Loretta LynnDecember 12, 19722:35
2."Will You Be There?"Gene Dunlop, Lee MillerDecember 18, 19742:19
3."It's Time to Pay the Fiddler"Don Wayne, Walter HaynesDecember 17, 19743:51
4."Paper Roses"Janice Torre, Fred SpielmanMarch 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 album liner notes.

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak
1975 Country Albums 2[citation needed]

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Peak
1975 "The Pill" Country Singles 5[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Loretta Lynn – Back To The Country". Discogs.
  2. ^ "Loretta's Recording Sess". Loretta Lynn Fan Website.