Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn (née Webb; born on April 14, 1932) is an American country-music singer-songwriter and author. Born in Butcher Hollow, near Paintsville, Kentucky, USA, to a coal-miner father. At the age of 14 she married, and soon she became pregnant. She moved to Washington state with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. (1926–1996), nicknamed "Doo". Their marriage was tumultuous; he had affairs, and she was headstrong; their life together helped to inspire her music.

On her 21st birthday, Lynn's husband bought her a $17.00 Harmony guitar. She taught herself to play and when she was 24, on her wedding anniversary, he encouraged her to become a singer. She worked to improve her guitar playing, started singing at the Delta Grange Hall in Washington State with the Pen Brothers' band, The Westerners, then eventually cut her first record in February 1960. She became a part of the country music scene in Nashville in the 1960s, and in 1967 charted her first of 16 number-one hits (out of 70 charted songs as a solo artist and a duet partner) that include "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)", "You Ain't Woman Enough", "Fist City", and "Coal Miner's Daughter".

She focused on blue collar women's issues with themes about philandering husbands and persistent mistresses, and pushed boundaries in the conservative genre of country music by singing about birth control ("The Pill"), repeated childbirth ("One's on the Way"), double standards for men and women ("Rated "X""), and being widowed by the draft during the Vietnam War ("Dear Uncle Sam"). Country music radio stations often refused to play her songs. Nonetheless, she became known as "The First Lady of Country Music". Her best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, in 1980. Her most recent album, Van Lear Rose, was released in 2004, produced by Jack White, and topped the country album charts. As of 2011, Lynn continues to tour and has received numerous awards in country and American music.

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Loretta Lynn - Discography
... Studio Albums 1960 Honky Tonk Girl 1963 Loretta Lynn Sings 1964 Before I'm Over You 1965 Songs from My Heart 1965 Hymns 1965 Blue Kentucky Girl 1965 Mr. 1967 Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) (US Gold) 1967 Ernest Tubb Loretta Lynn Singin' Again (with Ernest Tubb) 1967 Singin' With Feelin' 1968 Fist City 1968 Who Says God Is Dead! 1969 ...
Loretta Lynn Discography - Collaborations - Compilation Albums
... US CAN Country A Country Christmas Release date October 10, 1966 Label Decca — 103 — Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits Release date June 17, 1968 Label Decca 6 — — US Gold The ... date 1974 Label MCA 5 — — US Gold The Very Best of Loretta and Conway Release date 1979 Label MCA 19 — 16 US Gold All My Best Release date 1979 Label MCA — — — CAN Platinum 20 Greatest Hits ...
Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits
... Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits is a 1968 compilation album of American country singer-songwriter, Loretta Lynn's biggest hits from 1962 to 1967 ... This was Lynn's first Greatest Hits album under Decca and she would end up recording two major ones for the label ... The album consisted of 11 tracks, containing Lynn's biggest hits between 1962 and 1966, starting with her first hit single, "Success", which went to #6 ...
Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits Vol. II
... Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits Vol ... II is a compilation album consisting of country artist, Loretta Lynn's biggest hit singles between 1968 and 1974 ... This album was the second greatest hits compilation released by Lynn's label, Decca (Now MCA) ...
Country USA (Time-Life Music) - Track Listing - 1971
... Cash "Man In Black" – Johnny Cash "Joshua" – Dolly Parton "Lead Me On" – Conway Twitty Loretta Lynn "I'm Just Me" – Charley Pride "The Year That Clayton Delaney ...

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    A woman’s two cents worth is worth two cents in the music business.
    Loretta Lynn (b. 1930)