Loretta Lynn The country music legend died at the age of 90 on Tuesday 4 Oct 2022 in Hurrican Mills, Tennessee.
Lynn’s family said in a statement that Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4, in her sleep at home on her ranch in Hurricane Mills. They also asked for privacy as they grieve and said a memorial will be announced later.
Loretta was mourned on social media by her friends and fans. An Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek who won Oscar for portraying Lynn in the film said that she is heartbroken over the death of the country music star. She said in a statement that Today is a sad day, The world lost a magnificent human being, Lorretta Lynn was a great artist, a strong and resilient country music pioneer, and a precious friend, I am heartbroken, I send my deepest sympathies to her wonderful family, her friend, and her loyal fans.
A close friend of Lynn Dolly Parton, wrote on her Twitter handle So sorry to hear about my sister, friend Loretta, we have been like sisters all the years we have in Nashville and she was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I am one of them, I miss her dearly as we all will, May she rest in peace.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 4, 2022
Loretta Lynn’s Early life and career
Loretta Lynn, an American singer-songwriter was born on 14 April 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She was the eldest daughter of Clara Marie and Melvin Theodore Ted Webb. Her Father, Ted was a coal miner. Loretta Webb married Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn better known as “Doolittle”, “Doo” or “Mooney” on 10 January 1948 at the age of 15. The happiness and heartache of her early years of marriage would inspire Lynn to songwriting. Doolittle bought her a Harmony guitar in 1953. And she taught herself to play the instrument, and over the following three years, she worked to improve her guitar playing. Loretta started her own band, Loretta and the Trailblazers, with her brother Jay Lee playing lead guitar. Lynn cut her first record I am a Honky Tonk Girl in February 1960. Loretta and Oliver had six children together named- Betty Sue Lynn, Jack Benny Lynn, Ernest Ray Ernie Lynn, Clara Marie Cissie Lynn, Peggy Jean, Pasty Eileen Lynn.
Loretta had already four children before her career began as a country music artist in the 1960s. She was not only a pioneer for women in the industry, but also challenged norms with lyrics about love, unfaithful husbands, and birth control, pushing the boundaries of what could and could not be aired on the radio. Lynn had released multiple gold albums in her six decades of career in country music. She had a long list of hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “Don’t Come Home A- Drinkin’, “One’s on the way”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. The movie Coal Miner’s Daughter based on Lynn’s life was made in 1980. Loretta received many awards and accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music. Lynn was the first woman ever named entertainer of the year, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music in 1975. Lynn had been selected as the artist of the decade for the 1970s by The Academy of Country Music and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. Loretta was nominated 18 times for a Grammy Award and won 3 times. As of 2022, she was the most awarded female country recording artist, and also the only female ACM Artist of the Decade. She scored 24 No.1 hit singles and 11 No.1 albums. In 2017, She ended 57 years of touring on the road after she suffered a stroke and then broke her hip in 2018.