Country music legend Loretta Lynn appears on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House, Jan. 14, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn., where she announced she will celebrate her 87th birthday with an all-star tribute concert featuring Garth Brooks, Jack White, George Strait and others on April 1.
"I'll be fine," she added. "I think they'll let me out of this anytime, basically when the problem is over."
Before the pandemic shuttered concerts, movie premieres, national and worldwide events, the "You Ain't Woman Enough" singer was gearing up for a book tour for the autobiography she penned with daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, titled "Me & Patsy: Kickin' Up Dust -- My Friendship with Patsy Cline." The book was released April 7.
Last week, Lynn released a newly recorded cover of her late friend Cline's "I Fall to Pieces." The coal miner's daughter told the outlet Cline was her "big sister," crediting the vocalist for teaching her how to walk on stage and hold a microphone.
Patsy Cline passed away in 1963 at age 30.
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"She told me I could be a better singer if I would," Lynn quipped. "I told her she could, too."
Lynn also recalled witnessing Cline stand up for herself and her music back in the 1960s when she recorded Willie Nelson's "Crazy."
"[Producer] Owen [Bradley] and Patsy would cuss each other out," she shared with the outlet. "They'd start to record; Patsy'd be trying to tell him how to do it. He'd be telling her she's the singer, not to tell him how to do it."