October 6, 2022
In honor of her impending retirement, I am declaring this Carole Compton Glenn week. We will celebrate her work ethic, her magnanimous nature and her intrinsic beauty. Let's go back to the beginning in Tyler, Texas.
Here are Carole's comments on the photo: "Yikes! Gary Elementary (1st-6th grade school) in Tyler, Texas. It's either my 2nd or 3rd grade photo (Miss Renfro or Mrs Littlejohn, I think). Lovely old red brick two story building, probably built in the 1930's. It's still there and used, but not as a school, I don't think."
Fast forward to the 1970s, here's Carole at the offices of KCAC, the progressive radio station in Phoenix that her brother, William Edward Compton spearheaded.
"I wasn't the first woman in Country music. I was just the first one to stand up there and say what I thought, what life was about. The rest were afraid to."
—Loretta Lynn (1932-2022)