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Loretta Lynn makes a surprise visit to Country Music Hall of Fame for the 2017 Medallion ceremony inducting friend Alan Jackson.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
October 25, 2017

Loretta Lynn took the stage to a standing ovation on Sunday October 22nd at the Country Music Hall of Fame Iinduction ceremony in Nashville. Her surprise guest spot marks the 85-year-old's first public appearance after suffering a stroke in May.

The country star came out at the request of Alan Jackson, who was inducted into this year's class of Hall of Famers. As the tradition goes, a previously inducted member of the HOF welcomes a new brother or sister into the special group. Who better to call upon for this than Jackson's longtime friend and musical legend, Loretta Lynn?

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In her warming drawl, Lynn offered a heartfelt speech. "The first time I ever met Alan...he looked like a scared little boy. He was practicing backstage 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." Watch below.

George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, and Alison Krauss with guitarist Tommy Emmanuel joined Lynn in honoring Alan Jackson with  performances of some of Jackson's most classic songs. In addition to Jackson, the late singer and guitarist Jerry Reed and Grammy-winning songwriter Don Schlitz were also inducted into the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame class.

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We're so happy to see one of our most beloved country stars on the mend and wishing her all the best during her recovery. Let's raise a glass to the new inductees and the Coal Miner's Daughter, ladies and gentleman.