Hymns (Loretta Lynn album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 1965
RecordedJune 3–8, 1965
StudioRCA Victor Studio (Nashville)
ProducerOwen Bradley
Loretta Lynn chronology
Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be
I Like 'Em Country
Singles from Hymns
  1. "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"
    Released: November 29, 1965

Hymns is the fifth solo studio album and first Gospel album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on November 15, 1965, by Decca Records.[1]

The album consists of 12 gospel and inspirational songs that were either popular over the years or were written by Lynn for this album. Well known Christian songs such as "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Sweet By and By" appear on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

In the issue dated November 27, 1965, Billboard published a review of the album, saying that "Loretta Lynn proves once again that whatever she does, she does to perfection and that's exactly what this glorious program of heartfelt performances contains. "Where No One Stands Alone" and "Peace in the Valley" are two exceptional examples of the feel and tenderness she has for this all too important music. Destined for a high spot on the LP chart.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart dated January 22, 1966. It peaked at No. 10 on the chart dated February 12. The album spent a total of 17 weeks on the chart.

The album's only single, "Everybody Want to Go to Heaven", was released in November 1965[4] and did not chart.


Recording of the album took place on June 3, 7 and 8, 1965, at RCA Victor Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"Loretta LynnJune 8, 19652:20
2."Where No One Stands Alone"Mosie ListerJune 3, 19652:45
3."When They Ring Those Golden Bells"TraditionalJune 7, 19653:07
4."(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)"Thomas A. DorseyJune 3, 19652:53
5."If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again"John Whitfield "Whit" VaughanJune 8, 19652:16
6."The Third Man"June 8, 19653:17
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."How Great Thou Art"Stuart K. HineJune 3, 19652:55
2."Old Camp Meetin' Time"TraditionalJune 7, 19652:04
3."When I Hear My Children Pray" (feat. Ernest Ray Lynn)Les WaldropJune 7, 19652:34
4."In the Sweet By and By"
  • Joseph Philbrick Webster
  • Sanford Fillmore Bennett
June 8, 19652:22
5."Where I Learned to Pray"LynnJune 8, 19652:44
6."I'd Rather Have Jesus"TraditionalJune 3, 19652:38


Adapted from the album liner notes and Decca recording session records.[5]

  • Mae Boren Axton – liner notes
  • Harold Bradley – guitar
  • Owen Bradley – producer
  • Floyd Cramer – piano
  • Buddy Harman – drums
  • Don Helms – steel guitar
  • Junior Huskey – bass
  • Loretta Lynn – lead vocals
  • Grady Martin – guitar
  • Wayne Moss – guitar


Chart (1966) Peak
US Hot Country Albums (Billboard)[6] 10


  1. ^ "Loretta Lynn – Hymns". Discogs.
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Hymns – Loretta Lynn". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  3. ^ "Billboard Magazine - November 27, 1965" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Billboard - December 11, 1965" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Loretta's Recording Sess - LORETTA LYNN FAN WEBSITE". lorettalynnfan.net. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  6. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History - Hot Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.