Country music legend Loretta Lynn has passed away at the age of 90.
As the daughter of a coal miner in Kentucky, Lynn’s frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia lifted her out of poverty and established her as a mainstay for her family. country music.
Her family said she died yesterday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Lynn had four children before starting her career in the early 1960s, and her songs express pride in her Kentucky countryside.
As a musician, she created the character of a defiant tough woman, in contrast to the stereotypical image of most female country singers.
The award-winning singer has fearlessly written about sex and love, cheating on husbands, divorce and birth control, and at times getting in trouble with radio programmers over material that even the singers don’t know. Rock performers have also shied away.
Her biggest hits came in the 1960s and 70s, including Coal Miner’s Daughter, You are not a woman enough, Pill, Don’t Come Home A Drinkin ‘(With Lovin’ in Your Mind), Rated X and You are reviewing the country.
She is known for appearing in floor-length, loose dresses with elaborate embroidery or rhinestones. Her honesty and unique place in country music paid off. She was the first woman ever to be named entertainer of the year at two major awards ceremonies of the genre, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Music. Countryside three years later.
“That’s what I wanted to hear and what I know other women want to hear as well,” Lynn told The Associated Press in 2016.
“I don’t write for men; I wrote for us women. And the men love it too. “
In 1969, she released her autobiography Coal Miner’s DaughterThis has helped her reach her largest audience.
Coal Miner’s Daughteralso the title of her 1976 book, which was made into a 1980 film of the same name.
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Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of Lynn earned her an Academy Award, and the film was also nominated for Best Picture.
Long after the commercial peak, Lynn won two Grammy Awards in 2005 for her album Van Lear Rose, including 13 songs written by her. It’s a collaboration with rocker Jack White.
Born Loretta Webb, the second of eight children, Lynn moved to Hurricane Mills in the 1990s, where she established a ranch complete with a replica of her childhood home and a museum that is a popular roadside tourist stop.
Even in her later years, Lynn never seemed to stop writing, but in 2017 she suffered a stroke that forced her to postpone her performances.
She and husband Oliver ‘Doolittle’ Lynn were married for nearly 50 years before his death in 1996. They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest and Clara, and twins Patsy and Peggy.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/country-music-legend-loretta-lynn-dies-at-age-of-90-42041048.html Country music legend Loretta Lynn dies aged 90