Farewell, Loretta Lynn. Loretta Lynn, 90, has died.
The country music superstar’s family confirmed the news in a statement to the Associated Press on Tuesday, October 4. “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the statement read. The family said that a memorial will be held for the beloved songwriter later.
“It is not enough to say today that Country Music has lost Loretta Lynn, but rather the world has lost a true music legend,” Sarah TrahernThe Country Music Association’s CEO, Loretta, released a statement Tuesday. “Loretta was a woman whose contributions and impact inspired countless artists and transformed the Country genre into a universal art form. She was a Country Music Hall of Fame Member and the first woman to be awarded the CMA Award for Entertainer of Year. She was a pioneering songwriter and bravely wrote about topics that were culturally and socially important. I’ll personally remember Loretta for her spirit, artistry and genius that rivaled contemporaries like Bob DylanJohn Lennon Paul McCartney.”
The “You Ain’t Woman Enough” singer was hospitalized for a stroke in May 2017 and canceled tour dates and an album release. Five months later, she was back in the spotlight when she spoke at a celebration of her friend’s birthday last October. Alan Jackson‘s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Lynn looked frail as she walked onto the stage, supported by her friends, and said Jackson was the only one who could make her leave her home.
In January 2018, she broke her hip after falling at her Tennessee house. This prompted her sister, singer Crystal Gayle, to ask fans for “love and prayers.”
Lynn, who was a Loretta Webb, was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She was the most successful female country recording artist and sold more than 45,000,000 albums worldwide.
Married at the age of 15, she learned to play a $17 guitar that her husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, bought for her and cut her first record, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” in 1960. She scored her first number-one song seven years later, and went on to have 15 more chart-topping hits including “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).”
The “Fist City” singer never shied away from the truth in her lyrics, which occasionally got her into trouble. Her 1975 hit “The Pill” — which celebrates the invention and availability of birth control pills — was held by her record label for three years. It finally debuted on country radio stations, but she was almost denied the opportunity to sing it at the Grand Ole Opry.
Her best-selling 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner’s DaughterThe Oscar-winning film was made with the help of SissySpacekShe was awarded an Academy Award for her portrayal as the star.
Loretta and her husband Doo, their nickname, had six children. They were married 48 years, until Doo’s death in 1996. In 2002, the singer revealed her autobiography. Still Woman EnoughShe claimed that her husband had cheated on them and that they had a troubled relationship. “He never hit me one time that I didn’t hit him back twice,” she told CBS News in 2002.
She wrote songs about Doo, his drinking, and infidelity. Time in 2016 that when she sang them, “I knew that women would like them because all women live the same way, you know? Most women.”
Lynn, who had 70 songs in the charts as a solo performer and duet partner was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Former Presidents gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Barack Obama2013
“This coal miner’s daughter gave voice to a generation, singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about,” Obama, 61, said at the medal ceremony. “And now, over 50 years after she cut her first record … Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music.”
Loretta made a comeback in 2004 with the album. Van Lear RoseProduced by Jack White. The LP took home the Best Country Album award at the 2005 Grammys, while the single “Portland Oregon” won Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
The “Rated X” songstress continued recording until the end of her life, releasing her final album, Still Woman EnoughIn March 2021. The release included new songs as well new versions of older songs, as well an updated edition with guest vocals from the title track. Reba McEntire Carrie Underwood.
Loretta is survived her son Ernest, 71, daughter Clara (70), and twins Peggy & Patsy (58). Her and Doo’s son Jack drowned in 1984 at age 34, while their daughter Betty died of emphysema in 2013 at age 64.