Country singer Loretta Lynn passes away at 90 years old

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Jacoby Pittman
Jacoby Pittman

According to a statement made by the family and shared on Twitter, Lynn passed away at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Loretta Lynn, a leading feminist and one of country music’s biggest stars, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90, her family announced on Twitter. Loretta was the daughter of a coal miner and the wife of a moonshiner.

According to a statement made by the family and shared on Twitter, Lynn passed away at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“Our lovely mother, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4, in her sleep at home in her cherished ranch in Hurricane Mills,” read the message.
When men predominated in country music during the 1960s and 1970s, Lynn gained a reputation as a hillbilly feminist with the guts and talent to pen her own songs.

Loretta Lynn

In an interview, Lynn admitted that 14 of her songs had been taken off the radio.

She acknowledged that she wasn’t the first woman in country music in a 2007 interview with Esquire magazine. I just expressed what I thought to be the purpose of life and was the first to do so. The others didn’t want to.

As she achieved success with songs like “Fist City,” “Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man),” and the autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Honky-tonk Lynn’s down-home twangy voice was a common feature on country music radio in the 1960s and 1970s. Honky-tonk Lynn reportedly had more than 100 million

As Lynn grew up in the coal-rich region of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, where her miner father passed away at the age of 52 from black lung disease, fame seemed unlikely to her. When she married 23-year-old Oliver Lynn in 1948, Lynn claimed to have been just 13 years old. By the time she turned 18, she had given birth to four children. However, according to documents found by the Associated Press, she was just 15 when she was married.

In the 1950s, she and her husband—who was also known as Doo, Doolittle, and Mooney due to his role in the moonshine trade—moved to Washington State, where her music career started to take off. Doo gave Lynn a $17 guitar and lots of support for her 24th birthday. She started out playing for radio stations after teaching herself to play. She had a recording deal and her own No. 1 song, “I’m a Honky-Tonk Girl,” by 1960.

Loretta Lynn

Before arriving in Nashville, Tennessee, the centre of country music, the couple travelled throughout the country visiting radio stations to promote her work.

Doolittle and Lynn had a complex relationship that was tainted by their respective drug usage, infidelity, and acts of violence.

In an interview with CBS, she claimed, “He never hit me one time that I didn’t strike him back twice.

But prior to his passing in 1996, Lynn gave up her job for five years in order to care for her husband at home.

Loretta Lynn

She remarked, “I was devastated. “In his absence, I was lost. Even though I had to continue, it was difficult.”

The Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award was first given to a woman, Lynn, whose sister Crystal Gayle also rose to fame in the country music industry, in 1972. She also won 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, seven additional CMA Awards, and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

She received three Grammy Awards for her work as a musician, including one for the song “After the Fire Is Gone” with longtime duet partner Conway Twitty and two in 2004 for her contributions to the album “Van Lear Rose,” which she co-wrote or co-wrote with rocker Jack White of the White Stripes.

The 1976 autobiography “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Lynn reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list, and Sissy Spacek received an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lynn in the film adaptation of the same name.

At Lynn’s 1,500-acre (600-hectare) ranch, 75 miles (120 km) west of Nashville, where she kept a Southern home, a large portion of the film was filmed. Lynn and her husband started their property where they cultivated maize, pure-bred quarter horses, and held concerts by purchasing Hurricane Mills’ whole town, including the post office.

Loretta Lynn received a Kennedy Center Award for her contribution to American culture in 2003, and in 2010 she received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. She received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama three years later.

A little more than two weeks after celebrating her 85th birthday with two nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium of the Grand Ole Opry, Lynn had a stroke in May 2017 and shattered her hip in January 2018.

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