Country Music news reveals that Kentucky native Loretta Lynn is an illustrious American singer songwriter who was born April 14, 1932. Over the course of 60 years Lynn scored several gold albums and you may be familiar with one or more of her hit songs: “Fist City,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and her signature ballad, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” which was made into a movie about her life in 1980.
Here are five things you need to know about this country music tour de force!
#1 Loretta Lynn is a Country Music Legend
Since her debut Lynn has been recognized as a country music groundbreaker. She has been nominated 18 times for a Grammy Award, and won 3 times.
She is the most awarded female country recording artist of all time and the only female ACM Artist of the Decade (1970s). In all Lynn has recorded 24 number one hit singles and 11 number one albums. She was forced to stop touring after a nearly 50 year career after she had a stroke in 2017 and then broke her hip in 2018.
#2 Loretta Lynn Has Famous Connections
Lynn is a first cousin of the famous country hitmaker Patty Loveless. She is also a cousin of the former Miss America, Venus Ramey.
#3 Loretta Lynn Has Had a Storied Musical Life
Loretta was just 15-years old when she married Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn in 1948, having met him one month prior.
In 1953, Doolittle bought her an inexpensive Harmony guitar and she taught herself to play over the next three years. She then started her own band, Loretta and the Trailblazers, with her brother Jay Lee playing lead guitar. She cut her first record, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” in February 1960. In 1967 she had the first of 16 No. 1 hits.
#4 Loretta Lynn Was a Woman’s Advocate
In her music Lynn addressed women’s issues and she said that her songs were inspired by issues she faced in her marriage. She broke convention by singing about birth control in the song, “The Pill,” about double standards for men and women in, “Rated X,” and about the Vietnam War in, “Dear Uncle Sam.”
Because of her nonconventional themes, traditional country music radio stations often refused to play her music. Overall, nine of her songs were banned from the radio but that did not stop Lynn from become one of the genre’s legendary artists.
#5 Loretta Lynn Has an Autobiographical Movie
Coal Miner’s Daughter was made into an Academy Award–winning film in 1980 starring Sissy Spacek who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Lynn.
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