Love Is the Foundation

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Love Is the Foundation
Loretta Lynn-Love Is the Foundation.jpg
Studio album by Loretta Lynn
Released August 13, 1973
Recorded Dec. 8, 1969—May 31, 1973
Studio Bradley's Barn, Mount Juliet, TN
Genre Country
Length 27:58
Label MCA
Producer Owen Bradley
Loretta Lynn chronology
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
Love Is the Foundation
Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits Vol. II
Singles from Love Is the Foundation
  1. "Love Is the Foundation"
    Released: April 1973
  2. "Hey Loretta"
    Released: October 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [1]

Love Is the Foundation is the twenty-second studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on August 13, 1973, by MCA Records.[2][unreliable source]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 183 on the Billboard 200. The album became Lynn's fifth album to top the Top Country Albums chart. The first single released from the album, "Love Is the Foundation", peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at No. 102 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, "Hey Loretta", peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


Recording sessions for the album took place at Bradley's Barn in Mount Juliet, TN, on March 5, March 27, March 28 and May 31, 1973. "Five Fingers Left" was recorded on December 8, 1969, during a session for 1970's Loretta Lynn Writes 'Em and Sings 'Em.[3][unreliable source]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Love Is the Foundation"William Cody HallMarch 5, 19732:26
2."What Sundown Does to You"Carl KnightMarch 27, 19732:12
3."I Love You, I Love You"Don GibsonMarch 5, 19732:38
4."Just to Satisfy (The Weakness in a Man)"Carol JonesMay 31, 19732:37
5."There's More to Leaving Than Just Saying Goodbye"Bob Hampton, Kenny StarrMarch 28, 19732:31
6."Satin Sheets"John E. VolinkatyMay 31, 19732:29
Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Why Me"Kris KristoffersonMay 31, 19732:35
2."Five Fingers Left"Loretta LynnDecember 8, 19692:09
3."I Gave Everything (That A Girl In Love Should Never Give)"Marty RobbinsMay 31, 19732:49
4."Hey Loretta"Shel SilversteinMarch 27, 19732:48
5."You're Still Lovin' Me"Jay Lee Webb, John WilsonMay 31, 19732:44


  • Harold Bradley – bass guitar
  • Owen Bradley – producer
  • Lloyd Green – steel guitar
  • Buddy Harman – drums
  • The Jordanaires – backing vocals
  • Jerry Kennedy – guitar
  • Grady Martin – guitar
  • Charlie McCoy – harmonica/vibes
  • Bob Moore – bass
  • Hargus Robbins – piano
  • Hal Rugg – steel guitar
  • Jerry Shook – guitar
  • Pete Wade – guitar

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak
1973 Country Albums 1[citation needed]
Pop Albums 183[citation needed]

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Peak
1973 "Love Is the Foundation" Country Singles 1[citation needed]
Pop Singles 102[citation needed]
"Hey Loretta" Country Singles 3[citation needed]