Loretta Lynn, a country singer whose courageous music and moving biography made her one of the most celebrated American musicians of her era, passed away on Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. She had reached the age of 90.
Her family released a statement saying she passed away peacefully in her sleep at the ranch that had made Hurricane Mills, Tennessee (approximately 70 miles west of Nashville) into a popular vacation spot.
Ms. Lynn’s rise to fame was propelled not just by her musical talent, but also by her portrayal as an embodiment of the grit and resolve of the rural underdog. Her story has its roots in the coal fields of Kentucky, specifically in the town of Butcher Hollow, where she was born into a poor family (which her songs made famous as Butcher Holler).
Who Is Loretta Lynn?
Artist and songwriter Loretta Lynn (née Webb; April 14, 1932 – October 4, 2022). Lynn’s six-decade-long career in country music yielded a number of platinum and gold discs. Her most famous songs include “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City”, and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. A film, Coal Miner’s Daughter, was based on her story and released in 1980.
her life’s work Lynn was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
Having been born to Clara Marie “Clary” (née Ramey; May 5, 1912 – November 24, 1981) and Melvin Theodore “Ted” Webb, she was the eldest daughter and second child (June 6, 1906 – February 22, 1959). Ted worked as a coal miner and grew food on the side. They have Cherokee ancestry. Loretta Young, the actress, was the inspiration for her name.
- Webb Melvin “Junior” (December 4, 1929 – July 2, 1993)
- A Man Named Herman Webb (September 3, 1934 – July 28, 2018)
- Jay Willie Lee Webb (February 12, 1937 – July 31, 1996)
- D. R. Webb, Donald R. Sadly, he passed away on October 13, 2017, but his legacy lives on.
- To wit: Peggy Sue Wright (née Webb; natal date: March 25, 1943).
Ruth Betty Webb Hopkins (born January 5, 1946) is now known professionally as Betty Ruth Hopkins. Brenda Gail Webb (born January 9, 1951), better known as Crystal Gayle, shares some details from her private life with us.
During their nearly 50 years of marriage, Loretta and Oliver Lynn welcomed six children into the world until Oliver’s untimely death at age 69 in 1996. She detailed how her husband cheated on her repeatedly and even abandoned her when she was giving birth in her memoirs, Still Woman Enough, in an interview with CBS News the same year (2002).
Lynn’s frequent fights with her husband were resolved by her giving him “two for one.” Getting married was “one of the hardest love stories,” according to Loretta. The [page required] One of her memoirs includes the following recollection from her life:
- Lynn Betty Sue (November 26, 1948 – July 29, 2013)
- Lynn Jack Benny (December 7, 1949 – July 22, 1984)
- Mr. Ernest Ray “Ernie” Lynn (born May 27, 1951)
- Cissie Lynn, Clara Marie (born April 7, 1952)
Lynn had identical twin girls on August 6th, 1964, and she and her best friend Patsy Cline chose the names, Peggy Jean and Patsy Eileen Lynn.
Jack Benny Lynn, Lynn’s son, drowned in the Duck River on July 22, 1984, at the family ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. He was 34 years old. Betty Sue, Loretta’s daughter, died at the age of 64 from emphysema in 2013, not far from their ranch in Hurricane Mills.
Recipient of Numerous Honors and Awards
Lynn, who also writes, sang and played guitar, made history as the first female artist to be named the CMA’s and ACM’s Entertainer of the Year in the same year (1972). (1975). After her song “Success” reached the top ten on the Billboard Country Singles list in 1962, Lynn’s career took off, and she was lauded for her powerful yet feminine sound.
Throughout her career, Lynn received 18 nominations for a Grammy and took home three awards. In 1971, she and Conway Twitty won the GRAMMY for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “After the Fire Is Gone.” She also won the GRAMMY for Best Country Album for Van Lear Rose and the GRAMMY for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Portland Oregon,” which was also nominated for Best Country Song at the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards.