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Kenny - January 9, 2009 03:10 AM (GMT)
April 06, 1998 People Magazne
Vol. 49
No. 13

Twin Bill

By Jeremy Helligar
Loretta Lynn's Twin Daughters, Patsy and Peggy, Make a Name for Themselves with a New Album
PEGGY AND PATSY LYNN DIDN'T write the book on sibling rivalry, but the identical twin daughters of Loretta Lynn could probably add a new chapter or two. They rib each other constantly and compete for the final word on everything. "We'll fight over the time of day," says Patsy, "but we don't fight over our music." Peggy agrees. "If we walked around singing all the time, we'd never have a cross word to say to each other."

Harmony is what their music's all about. Since Peggy and Patsy, 33, released their debut album, The Lynns, last month, they have racked up two chart singles and an Academy of Country Music Award nomination for New Vocal Group or Duet. (The awards will be presented April 22.) While their backwoods blend of country and honky-tonk blues has drawn comparisons to a certain coal miner's daughter, the duo are earning their own respect. "They're so pure," says country-music critic Robert K. Oermann, "not all varnished and perfecto. They sound like real people." As well they should. "I told them many times, 'You don't come to Nashville and mess up,' " says Loretta, 62. "I'd say, 'Now, girls, if you slide in on your back, you'll slide out on your belly' "

No doubt in different directions. "From age 13, Patsy and I took separate roads," says Peggy. "I was more conservative. She was more on the edge." Patsy takes a more psychological view: "When you are identical twins, you fight hard to be an individual, so you go as far away from each other as you can."

Only their love lives ran a parallel course. Like their mother, who married at 13, Patsy and Peggy were both young brides—16 and 18 respectively—and the marriages of both lasted only a fraction of their parents' nearly 50 years. By the time she was 30, Patsy had two ex-husbands and three children, Darren, 14, Megan, 12, and Anthony, 10. She married a third time last Valentine's Day to musician Phillip Russell, 31, with whom she shares a log cabin-style house in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Meanwhile, Peggy, who lives in a two-bedroom home in Nashville, married singer Jimmy Collins, 35, in 1993 and has a daughter, Jasy, 12, from her first marriage. "Music is like a ghost," says Peggy. "It haunts you and it taunts you. Put someone else into that equation and there's very little left of you."

Growing up in Hurricane Mills, the youngest of Mooney and Loretta Lynn's six children, the twins were inspired by their mother and molded by their father, a rancher who died in 1996 of complications from diabetes. With Loretta on the road some 300 days a year, "Daddy was today's equivalent of a single mother," says Peggy. "Without him, we wouldn't be what we are today." Whenever he took them to see their mother perform at the Grand Ole Opry, he would afterwards whisk them across the street to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge to let them show off. "Daddy would set us up on the bar," recalls Peggy, "and we would entertain you for as long as you wanted." Despite then-early promise, Loretta didn't encourage them. "It's very hard to do this well," says Loretta. "They realized this when they saw their mommy come home tired, be home a day and back out again."

Undaunted, Peggy and Patsy embarked on unsuccessful solo careers in the late '80s, only to reunite as backup singers on their mother's 1990 tour. Loretta midwifed their getting their acts together the night she taught them the words to "All I Have to Do Is Dream," the '50s Everly Brothers hit. "The whole back of the bus filled up with these two voices and these harmonies," recalls Patsy. "Individually we felt strong, but together it was complete." Five years later they were back at Tootsie's, performing as the Honk-A-Billies, a name they took to hide their lineage. "People would come up and say, 'Loretta Lynn would sing something like that,' " says Peggy. "We'd just laugh and think, 'That's the gene pool' " Eventually the duo caught the ear of a Reprise Records representative, and the label offered them a deal.

And while they're happy to continue one of the more important legacies in country music, the Lynns will succeed or fail on their own terms. "I'm proud that they're determined to do it that way," says Loretta. "If I had done it for them, they wouldn't appreciate it half as much. They're finding out how hard it is."

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Kenny - January 9, 2009 03:14 AM (GMT)
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Vicki - January 10, 2009 01:27 AM (GMT),00.html

Great article and beautiful photo!! :)

Kenny - January 10, 2009 05:10 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Vicki @ Jan 9 2009, 08:27 PM),00.html

Great article and beautiful photo!! :)

Tis aint it,,Love this picture

Kenny - January 11, 2009 11:31 PM (GMT)
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Kenny - January 28, 2009 04:15 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Jan 11 2009, 06:31 PM)
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Check out THE LYNN'S at Country Stars Central and hear them singin "Sarah" and watch for an upcoming INTERVIEW!!!!!

Kenny - February 3, 2009 12:33 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Jan 27 2009, 11:15 PM)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Jan 11 2009, 06:31 PM)
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Check out THE LYNN'S at Country Stars Central and hear them singin "Sarah" and watch for an upcoming INTERVIEW!!!!!

The Lynn's INTERVIEW is now up at Country Stars Central:

Vicki - February 3, 2009 02:28 AM (GMT)
The Lynn's INTERVIEW is now up at Country Stars Central:

Thanks Kenny, for lettin us know!
Thanks Christian, for an awesome interview!! :D

countrystarscentral - February 8, 2009 01:16 AM (GMT)
thanks Vicki! xxoo

Kenny - February 9, 2009 12:16 AM (GMT)

Contest open til April 1st

countrystarscentral - February 10, 2009 12:37 AM (GMT)
Autographed copies of their latest CD, OR classy 8x10 photograph of the girls! Thanks to Patsy and Peggy for this AWESOME giveaway!

Kenny - February 26, 2009 01:31 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Feb 8 2009, 07:16 PM)

Contest open til April 1st

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Kenny - March 5, 2009 02:10 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kenny @ Feb 8 2009, 07:16 PM)

Contest open til April 1st

Still got time :P

Kenny - October 16, 2009 04:19 AM (GMT)
Grammy Award-Winner Lynn Anderson Teams Up With International Artist Cerrito For A Duet Full Of Romance

Nashville, TE (Top40 Charts/ Cerrito Official Website) - Country music legend, Lynn Anderson, took some time out of her whirlwind trip to Nashville to share the studio with internationally renowned entertainer, Cerrito.

During her busy schedule of several television appearances and the Nashville Rose Society's Music Garden dedication on September 29th, Lynn and Cerrito recorded the song, 'I'll Hold You In My Heart,' which will be on Cerrito's upcoming album.

This song, originally sung by Elvis Presley in 1969, was written by Eddy Arnold, Hal Horton and Tommy Dilbeck. Cerrito's upcoming duets album, Cerrito y Las Chicas de Country (Cerrito and the Girls of Country) also features country songbirds Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, The Lynns, Lane Brody, Stella Parton, Jett Williams (daughter of country music icon Hank Williams) and contemporary country artist Elizabeth Cook.

Kenny - February 1, 2010 02:07 PM (GMT)

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Loretta Lynn's daughters Patsy and Peggy accept the award for their mother
from Neil Portnow, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
(photo: Frederick M Brown/Getty)

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Patsy Lynn, Harold Bradley, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Dean's wife Anne Davis and Peggy Lynn at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. (photo: Peter Cooper)
Patsy and Peggy look beautiful

Debi&Quintana - February 6, 2010 11:53 PM (GMT)
I never read that article before. That was good! Love the pics too.

Kenny - June 5, 2010 07:38 PM (GMT)
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Kenny - August 2, 2014 01:00 AM (GMT)
Flowers can be picked at Madison Creek Farms for $35 per bucket, or $45 for pre-cut buckets.

1228 Willis Branch Road, Goodlettsville


Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May through October (unless there is a private event)

Mark and Peggy Lynn Marchetti met in the late 1990s while at Sony Tree Studios and soon fell in love. Daughter of country music legend Loretta Lynn, Peggy asked that her mother not sell her childhood home in Goodletsville, and the couple moved in.

Mark Marchetti remembers Peggy asking him in the early years to go out back and plant a patch of zinnias.

"It was August, and so it was hot. I didn't think they would come up, but I sowed them anyway because she was pretty and I loved her. As soon as the zinnias popped out of the ground it was like songwriting … I was hooked," Mark Marchetti said.

Madison Creek is now a 38-acre farm, and the couple provides seasonal Community-Supported Agriculture for 35 or more families for $270 per season.

"When the economy started to struggle in 2008, we saw the need to start growing vegetables for our customers," Mark Marchetti said.

"I'll never feed the world, but I can feed my neighbors," added Peggy Marchetti.

At the farm's Market Pavilion, you'll find "a wonderful, eclectic mix of fresh vegetables just harvested from the field, fresh herbs, beautiful flowers and an array of The Farm House Kitchen's baked artisan breads, muffins, cakes and their famous homemade pies," according to the website.

But Madison Creek Farms also is an organic "U-pick" farm, where you can pick buckets of flowers and herbs for $35 per bucket, or $45 for pre-cut buckets.

Walking through the field of flowers, the scent is intoxicating and the buzz of honey bees and flutter of butterflies is breathtaking. Peggy Marchetti pointed out a Middle Eastern variety of spinach that is plentiful near the front of the garden that her Saturday pickers love to use in some of their favorite dishes, she said. The colors are interplanted on the farm as if the couple had used a paintbrush.

Throughout the field there are empty spaces that Peggy Marchetti explained are planted with fall seeds that will be ready to pick in September.

Here, the flowers and vegetables live in harmony.

"This is what it's all about," Peggy Marchetti said. "Vegetables and flowers … it has to be both."

Kenny - January 20, 2015 12:07 AM (GMT)
Songwriter’s ‘Smile’ is No. 1 country hit
By Bill Lynch

Photo courtesy of MARK MARCHETTI
Songwriter Mark Marchetti (right) still plays and writes songs, but mostly he takes care of his organic farm in Tennessee.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Dec. 15, Craig Wayne Boyd cruised to victory on the seventh season of NBC’s “The Voice” with a song called “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.”

It was a song country superstar and celebrity “Voice” coach Blake Shelton had been planning on recording for years, but, for the show, decided to give to Boyd.

The 35-year-old Texan knocked it out of the park, won the competition, and by Christmas the tune hit the top spot on the Hot Country Songs charts, the second song to ever do that. (Country music legend Garth Brooks did it in 2007 with “More than a Memory.”)

The night Boyd sang the song, songwriter Mark Marchetti was at home on his farm near Goodlettsville, Tennessee — and absolutely not watching the show.

“I watch ‘The Voice,’ but I just hadn’t kept up with it this season,” the 65-year-old former Raleigh County resident said.

Marchetti was just puttering around the house, when he got a call from his friend and old songwriting partner Stephanie Urbina Jones.

“She was just screaming,” he said.

Marchetti couldn’t make out what she was saying at first, but she was shouting, “Our song is on TV!”

Marchetti was just floored and he’d almost forgotten that they’d written “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.”

Marchetti and Jones wrote the song almost two decades ago, when they’d both worked for SonyTree, a songwriting publishing company in Nashville.

Jones, Marchetti explained, had even pitched the song to record producer Bobby Braddock.

Braddock, best known for co-writing a slew of country music hits, including “He Stopped Loving Her Today” for George Jones, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” for Tammy Wynette and “Texas Tornado” for Tracy Lawrence, among others, was developing a new singer named Blake Shelton.

Marchetti said, “It’s all a process of steps. Bobby had to like the song, and then Blake had to like the song. Then they had to decide to record the song.”

Even if management, the record label and the artist all like the song, there are still obstacles to it becoming a hit.

Sometimes songs get recorded and don’t end up on albums. Other times songs end up on records, but they’re not released as singles. Most singles don’t become hits. Marchetti had had a couple of minor hits he’d written, including a song with Gail Davies called “Hold On,” which made it to No. 24 on the country charts.

Marchetti said Braddock and Shelton both liked “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” but when the country star released his debut album, the song wasn’t part of it. The song didn’t show up on any of Shelton’s other records either.

The song was never recorded.

Marchetti said having a hit at his age is a thrill and a complete surprise.

“I’m 65 and I’ve had songs recorded and some hits. I’ve been blessed, but never had a No. 1. That’s something as a songwriter you want, but I’d pretty much figured that it was probably never going to happen to me.”

Marchetti started making music when he was a kid.

“I come from a big Italian family,” he said. “My grandparents came over from Italy and settled in Pittsburgh. We were a very passionate family — lots of fighting and screaming.”

But also a lot of love and a lot of singing.

“As a child, I remember whenever the family would get in the car, everybody would sing,” he said. “I equated that with happy.”

When Marchetti was in fourth grade, his father, who worked for the Bureau of Mines, was transferred to Mount Hope.

“If you can imagine going from the inner city to Mount Hope,” he said. “It was kind of a culture shock.”

Though not in the way most people would expect.

Marchetti remembered that on his first afternoon in Mount Hope, his father dropped him off at the local movie house, while he went a few blocks over to work on unpacking into their new house.

“I remember I got a Coke and then tripped over a kid and spilled some on him on my way into the theater,” he said.

After the movie was over, Marchetti, walking home, was jumped by the same kid, who pulled a knife.

“Hey, you spilled something on me,” Marchetti said the other boy told him and then pressed the blade to his throat.

Marchetti said he pushed him away and then ran for home.

“The inner city was tough,” he said. “Mount Hope could be tough too.”

Later, he said, he and his knife-wielding assailant became good friends.

Through high school, Marchetti said he stuck with music. He wasn’t much of an athlete.

“I tried out for football once. I got tackled and carried down the field. That was enough for me,” he said.

Instead, he formed a band.

“We called ourselves The Five Satins,” Marchetti said. “We wore blue blazers and looked really sharp.”

One of the local papers liked them enough to take their picture and do a story about the band.

“The caption under the picture read, ‘The Five Satans,’” he said and laughed. “But after the Rolling Stones and the Beatles hit, we changed artistic directions and became The Things.”

The Things lasted until Marchetti and the rest of the band went their separate ways after high school graduation. Marchetti left for WVU, where he lasted for a year before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh in 1969.

He worked for a while and then was drafted into the Army. He spent two years in the service, one of them in Vietnam.

After his tour, he returned to Pittsburgh and got married but struggled to find a career.

“It was just too much to deal with after Vietnam,” he said.

Marchetti enrolled in the Opticians Institute, but then got a call from Duncan Fuller, an old friend from Oak Hill, who’d sat in once with The Things.

“It was out of the clear blue sky. He asked me to come to Tennessee,” he said.

So, while sleeping on the floor of his friend’s house outside of Memphis, he wrote and recorded a couple of demo songs.

“I hocked an old Telecaster to pay for it,” he said.

He took his demo and marched into Stax Records.

They hired him.

“I thought I’d made it,” he laughed.

Marchetti spent the next couple of decades working for one music publisher or another, with some nice successes here and there, but then he went through a divorce in his mid-40s.

“I was in a pretty bad place,” he said.

“So, a friend calls me up. He’s going through a divorce too. He tells me to come to Nashville, that I can stay with him for a while.”

His landlady was Stephanie Jones, his future songwriting partner. His neighbor was another songwriter named Peggy Jean Lynn, one of the daughters of country icon Loretta Lynn.

The three of them worked for SonyTree until a series of layoffs about 16 years ago.

“It was a bloodbath,” Marchetti said. “They laid off something like two-thirds of their writers.”

Meanwhile, Marchetti and Lynn went from neighbors to friends to a lot more. The couple married in 2001.

Marchetti said he still writes songs — never stopped — but he doesn’t do it for a living exactly. On the land belonging to his mother-in-law, where his wife was born, he and Lynn run an organic farm called Madison Creek Farm.

“We have miniature donkeys, sheep and bees,” he said.

“I love it. Farming is a lot like songwriting in some ways. There’s a real spiritual aspect that I connect to.”

With “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” Marchetti doesn’t expect to suddenly become a songwriter in demand. He’s not even sure what kind of royalties he’ll get or when. “I can’t say how much because money doesn’t come in for the writers until six months or a year later, and then, depending on the song, royalties can continue to come in for years.”

He added that he still gets a little money for “Hold On,” a hit he wrote for Gail Davies back in the 1980s.

He’s not worrying too much about it, but he does hope Jones gets a push from “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.”

Jones still tours and writes songs.

While more of a farmer these days, Marchetti isn’t out of the music business. He said Loretta Lynn liked one of his songs, “Lay Me Down.” “She recorded it, and Willie Nelson sings on it,” he said, excitedly. “It’s supposed to come out on a record in the spring.”

“I’m just blessed,” Marchetti added. “Truly.”

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