Loretta Lynn, the daughter of a Kentucky coal miner whose songs were about life and love as a woman in Appalachia, has died at the age of 90.
In the given statement Associated PressLynn’s family said she died Tuesday (October 4) at their home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Lynn started her career in the early 60s when she already had four children.
Her songs, which portrayed her as a tough and courageous woman, contrasted sharply with the stereotypical image of most female country singers of the time. She writes uncompromisingly about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce, and birth control.
Lynn’s biggest hits came in the 1960s and 1970s, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “You’re Not A Woman Enough”, “Pill”, “Don’t Come Home Drinking (By Loving Your Mind)”, “Rated X” and ” You’re looking at Country”.
She is known for appearing in floor-length, airy dresses with intricate embroidery or rhinestones, many of which were created by her personal assistant and longtime designer, Tim Cobb.
Lynn is the first woman ever to be named Entertainer of the Year at both of the genre’s major award shows, first in 1972 by the Country Music Association and three years later by the Academy of Country Music.
“That’s what I want to hear and what I know other women want to hear too,” Lynn told the AP in 2016. “I don’t write for men; I write for us women. And the guys like it too.”
In 1969 she released her autobiography, Coal Miner’s Daughter, in which she sang, “We are poor but we have love/That’s the one thing Daddy makes sure of/He shovels carbon to make dollars for the poor.”
Coal Miner’s Daughter, also the title of his 1976 book, was made into the 1980 film of the same name. Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of Lynn earned her an Oscar and the film was also nominated for Best Picture.
Years later, Lynn won two Grammys for her album in 2005 Van Lear Rosewhich features 13 songs he wrote, including “Portland, Oregon” about a drunken one-night stand.
Lynn wrote in her memoirs that she was 13 when she married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, but state records show she was 15. Tommy Lee Jones plays Mooney Lynn in the biopic.
Her husband encouraged her to sing professionally and pushed her career forward.
She also teamed up with singer Conway Twitty to form one of the most popular country music duos, with hits such as “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” and “After the Fire is Gone.”
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