Loretta Lynn, daughter of a coal miner and country queen, has died

Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter, died. Her candid songs about love and life as an Appalachian woman helped her rise out of poverty and made them a strong voice in country music. She was 90.

According to Lynn’s family, she died Tuesday at Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, according to a statement.

The family released a statement saying that Loretta Lynn, our precious mother, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Hurricane Mills. They requested privacy during their grief and stated that a memorial would be held later.

Lynn had already four children when she launched her career in the 1960s. Her songs reflect her pride in rural Kentucky.

She was a singer and songwriter who portrayed a strong, tough woman. This contrasted with the stereotypical image of female country artists. The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote bravely about sex, love, cheating husbands, and divorce. She also had to deal with radio programmers who requested material that rock stars would not have considered.

Her greatest hits were in the 1960s/’70s. Her long-time assistant, Tim Cobb, was a noted designer and model who designed floor-length gowns with intricate embroidery or rhinestones.

Her honesty and unique position in country music were rewarded. She was the first female entertainer of the year to be named at one of the major awards shows in the genre, the Country Music Association’s 1972 show and the Academy of Country Music’s three-year later.

Lynn stated to the AP that it was “what I wanted to hear” and what she knew other women wanted to hear. “I wrote not for men, I wrote for women.” It was loved by the men, too.

1969 saw the release of her autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which allowed her to reach her largest audience.

She sang, “We were poor, but we had love/That was the one thing Daddy made certain of/He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar.”

“Coal Miner’s Daughter”, also the title of her 1976 novel, was made into the 1980 movie of the same name. Sissy Spacek’s performance as Lynn earned her an Academy Award. The film was also nominated in the best picture category.

Lynn was a long way from her commercial peak. In 2005, Lynn won two Grammys for her album Van Lear Rose. It featured 13 songs, including “Portland Oregon”, which she wrote about a drunken one-night stand. Jack White produced and played the guitar on “Van Lear Rose,” a collaboration between Lynn and Jack White.

Reba McEntire was one of the stars to react to Lynn’s passing, writing online about how she felt the singer reminded her of her mother. Strong women who loved their children and were fiercely loyal. They’re now both in Heaven, able to talk about their childhoods and how country music has changed from when they were younger. It makes me happy that Mama was the first to welcome Loretta into the hollers in heaven!

Loretta Webb was born Loretta Webb as the second child of eight children. She claimed that her birthplace is Butcher Holler near Van Lear, a coal mining town in eastern Kentucky. However, there wasn’t a Butcher Holler. Later, she told a reporter that the name was created for the song by her based on the names and families who lived there.

Her daddy was a banjo player, and her mama was a guitarist. She grew up listening to the Carter Family songs. Crystal Gayle, her younger sister, is also a Grammy-winning country artist, with crossover hits such as “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” or “Half the Way”. Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, was also a producer and songwriter for some of her albums.

She told the AP that she was singing at birth, in 2016. “Daddy used to take me out on the porch, where I would sing and rock the babies to sleep. “Loretta, close that big mouth,” he’d say. You can be heard by everyone in this holler. I replied, “Daddy, it doesn’t make any difference.” They are all my cousins.

In her autobiography, she stated that she was 13 years old when she married Oliver “Mooney”, Lynn. However, the Associated Press later found state records that indicated she was 15 years old. Tommy Lee Jones played Mooney Lyn in the biopic.

Her husband, whom she called either “Doo” (or “Doolittle”), encouraged her to sing professionally and promoted her early career. He helped her to get a Decca Records recording contract, then MCA. She also performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Lynn was the author of “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl”, her first hit single. It was released in 1960.

Conway Twitty, the singer, formed one of the most well-known duos in country music, with hits like “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” or “After the Fire is Gone.” They were awarded a Grammy Award. Both her duets and single records were mainstream country, not pop- or crossover-oriented.

When Lynn began singing at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, Patsy Cline mentored Lynn and took her under her wing.

She was chosen by the Academy of Country Music as the artist of the 1970s. In 1988, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was the recipient of four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2008). In 2003, she was also honored at Kennedy Center Honors. In 2013, she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2013).

Lynn threatens to fight another woman in “Fist City” if she doesn’t get her man. Lynn’s strong-willed, but the traditional country woman is back in other songs. Lynn sings in “The Pill”, a song about sex, birth control, and sex, about how she feels trapped at home. She sang “The Feelin’ Good Comes Easy Now/Since You’ve Got the Pill.”

In the 1990s she moved to Hurricane Mills in Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. There, she established a ranch with a replica of her childhood home as well as a museum that is a frequent stop on the roadside. You can also see the dresses she wore.

Lynn was aware that her songs were pioneering, especially in country music, but she was only writing what so many rural women experienced.

“I could see other women going through the same thing because I worked in the clubs. She told The AP that she wasn’t alone in living that way and that she’s not the only one.

Lynn continued to write even into her later years. In 2014, she signed a multi-album contract with Legacy Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. She suffered a stroke in 2017 and had to stop touring. However, she released her 50th studio album, “Still Woman Enough”, in 2021.

They were married for nearly 50 years, just before her husband died in 1996. Six children were born to Betty, Jack, and Ernest, followed by Clara and the twin’s Patsy (and Peggy) She had 17 grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.

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