Loretta Lynn, Beloved Country Music Legend, is Mourned

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Loretta Lynn (Photo via her Facebook page)

Loretta Lynn, the country music legend and coal miner’s daughter who famously was born in Butcher Hollow, Ky., is being mourned by the music world. The beloved singer and songwriter died today (Oct. 4, 2022), at age 90, at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. She had been in ill health for several years after a series of falls and then suffering a stroke in 2017. Among Lynn’s siblings is her much younger sister, Crystal Gayle.

Lynn‘s career spanned six decades, earning her every country music award imaginable. She was named Artist of the Decade for the ’70s by the Academy of Country Music and was selected as Female Vocalist of the Year by many organizations, most prominently the Country Music Association. Among her significant catalog of songs is 1970’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The autobiographical song topped the country singles chart and became the basis for the 1980 film of the same name, which starred Sissy Spacek.

Watch her perform her autobiographical hit in the center of the country music universe

Willie Nelson wrote, “Loretta was a good friend and fantastically talented. She was a great writer, singer, and human being. I’ll miss her a lot.”

The feisty performer earned hits with such songs as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and “Fist City.”

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The Band’s Levon Helm portrayed Lynn’s father in the Coal Miner’s Daughter feature film.

Janie Fricke wrote, “I’ll always remember when Loretta Lynn and I shared a dressing room in California at Knott’s Berry Farm for the ACM – Academy of Country Music show – we talked about shoe shopping! It was so much fun – Great memories of a great lady! May she Rest In Peace!”

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  1. Dragyn
    #1 Dragyn 11 October, 2022, 23:06

    The world lost a beautiful soul when Miss Loretta went Home. She is surrounded by family, and singing with angels… Always loved, always loved.. RIP, sweet lady.

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