Three of country music’s most talented women joined forces for a dazzling performance during the 1993 CMA Awards.
Before beginning the surprise performance, award show host Dolly Parton introduces her “girlfriends” Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn to join her onstage. The three country legends, clad in extravagant white outfits, closed out the ceremony by debuting their new single “Silver Threads and Golden Needles”.
The track, originally recorded by Wanda Jackson in 1956, was featured on the country trio’s collaborative album Honky Tonk Angels. Although “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” had a weak performance on the country charts, it received high rotation from country music television networks CMT and TNN. Thanks to its frequent airplay on these outlets and the support of dedicated fans, the track is now one of the most widely-recognized tracks from the album.
Honky Tonk Angels quickly became a crossover hit, and was ranked as Lynn’s highest charting pop record until the release of her 2004 album with Jack White, Van Lear Rose. The incredibly popular project was one of the last big career successes for Wynette, who passed away from a blood clot in 1998 at the age of 55.