Death at age 90 for country music legend Loretta Lynn. A century old, the coal miner’s daughter had become a country music legend.
According to a statement released to Fox News Digital, Loretta Lynn “died peacefully in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch near Hurricane Mills” on October 4. They have begged for privacy at this difficult time and promised to provide details of a memorial service at a later date.
Lynn, whose career lasted for 60 years, was finally recognized with induction into the County Music Hall of Fame in 1988, after having won every music award imaginable.
Lynn acknowledged that her music was groundbreaking, particularly in the genre of country music, but insisted that she was merely telling the truth about the experiences of countless other women from rural areas.
“Since I used to work in nightclubs, I saw firsthand the struggles faced by other women. No, I wasn’t the only one living that way, and no, I won’t be the only one living what I’m writing about today “in 1995, she made the statement to the AP.
The inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame wrote unabashedly about sexuality and relationships, including adultery, divorce, and the use of contraception.
Hits like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Rated X,” and “You’re Looking at Country” dominated the charts in the ’60s and ’70s. Her longtime aide and designer Tim Cobb often helped her create the broad, floor-length gowns that she wore when she made public appearances.
Lynn’s memoirs, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” was adapted into a film in 1980. The film’s nomination for best picture and Sissy Spacek’s Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn propelled the country music artist to new heights of fame and popularity.
After receiving the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1972, she was the first female to receive this honor. A mere three years later, she made history by being the first female to win the same award from the Academy of Country Music.
She collaborated with country music legend Conway Twitty at one time in her career, producing a string of hits that included “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”
Lynn was raised in Kentucky, drawing inspiration from her Appalachian upbringing. She was up in a musical family and sang in choirs. Her parents were musically inclined; her dad played the banjo and her mom the guitar.
According to court documents, Lynn wed Oliver Lynn in 1948 at the tender age of 15.
Until his death in 1996, she had been married to her husband for nearly half a century. They had twins named Patsy and Peggy in addition to Betty, Jack, Ernest, and Clara. Of her 19 grandchildren, 17 were biological and 4 were step-grandchildren.