Loretta Lynn in Hospital with Pneumonia
: October 24, 2011
Country music legend and coal-miner’s daughter Loretta Lynn canceled two shows over the weekend after being hospitalized with pneumonia. Today, her website reports she has been r ...
The Return of Lilith Fair Continues to Grow with Talent
: January 21, 2010
Cat Power, Heart, Loretta Lynn and Norah Jones are among the artists who have committed for the Lilith Fair tour this year. The itinerary continues to expand.
Other additions who ...
loretta lynn Biography
The country music singer, philanthropist and author Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky on April 14, 1932. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn Jr. when she was 15 years old. Their tumultuous marriage served as an inspiration for her music.
Lynn's husband got her a guitar for her 21st birthday. She learned to play and then on their wedding anniversary when Lynn was 24 years old, her husband suggested that she become a singer. Lynn work hard to become a better guitar player and then started to sing at the local Grange Hall where they lived in Washington State as well as with a band called The Westerners. In 1960 Lynn recorded her first song, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." During the 1960's Lynn became part of Nashville's country music scene.
Over the course of Lynn's career she has had 70 charted songs and sixteen No. 1 hits, including "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Fist City," "You Ain't Woman Enough" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin.'" Her songs focus on issues affecting blue collar women, including themes about cheating husbands, birth control, and the double stands between men and women. Her music has pushed the boundaries of country music, which tends to be a very conservative genre. Radio stations have frequently refused to play Lynn's songs. However she has become one of the all-time most successful singers and has been dubbed "The First Lady of Country Music."
Coal Miner's Daughter, her 1976 autobiography, was a best seller and turned into a film in 1980 starring Sissy Spacek as Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones. Lynn has released 70 albums and written more than 160 songs, including sixteen No. 1 singles and ten No. 1 albums. Lynn has won numerous awards, including eight awards from the Country Music Association, twelve awards from the Academy of Country Music, seven awards from the American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards.