Carrie Underwood fondly remembers Loretta Lynn as a “grumpy little gun” and “irreplaceable” talent after the singer’s death at 90.
The US country singer said she was “really grateful” for knowing Lynn as she shared memories of their performances together.
Heavyweights from across the industry, including Dolly Parton, Pat Boone and Billy Ray Cyrus, among others, paid tribute to one of “country music’s first ladies,” who died Tuesday.
“The first time I met Loretta Lynn was early in my career at the Grand Ole Opry,” Underwood recalled in a lengthy post on Instagram.
“I was talking to another artist in the corner and someone walked up behind me and slapped my butt!
“I turned and there she was…in a big sparkly dress…laughing as she continued down the hall at what she had just done.
“It’s one of my favorite stories. I think it sums up her personality pretty well.
“She was a cantankerous little gun… kind and sweet… never afraid to be herself and speak her mind.”
Underwood added that she had the honor of singing with Lynn for what was “some of the most special moments of my career.”
“She is irreplaceable. She will be missed tremendously…but her legacy lives on in those of us she influenced,” she wrote.
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“I am truly grateful to have known such an amazing woman and artist.”
Veteran country singer Parton said she considers Lynn her sister and misses her “very much”.
In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “So sorry to hear from my sister friend Loretta.
“We were like sisters for all the years we were in Nashville and she was a wonderful person, a wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I’m one of them.
“I miss her very much, as we all will. May she rest in peace”.
Boone, who performed with Elvis Presley during his own long career, said Lynn “would never be forgotten.”
“Loretta Lynn is an American institution, a fine example of how she rose from poverty with courage and talent to become one of country music’s first ladies – and she will never be forgotten,” he wrote on Twitter.
Ray Cyrus shared a photo of his copy of her 2004 studio album Van Lear Rose, which she autographed for him.
He said: “We celebrate the life of Loretta Lynn. One of my biggest honors was accompanying her and George Jones on a song I wrote called Country Music Has The Blues.
“On that day she gave me this wonderful gift. #lorettalynn.”
US singer Carole King described Lynn as an inspiration when she tweeted a photo of the singer sitting next to a piano, smiling.
Country singer George Strait shared a sweet photo on Twitter of him hugging Lynn and calling her “incredibly talented.”
He said: “We will surely miss @LorettaLynn. What an amazing woman and so incredibly talented.
“Very grateful that she shared this with all of us fans. God bless the whole family. Rest in peace Loreto. I’ll see you down the road.”
US singer Marie Osmond said “goodbye to another dear friend” while also posting a commemorative photo with Lynn.
She added: “She was the reason I fell in love with #countrymusic. When I was 13, she said to me, ‘Never stop singing!’
“Heaven definitely got an angel in this ‘Honky Tonk Girl’! #RIP #icon #lorettalynn”.
The American country singer’s family said on Twitter that she “passed away peacefully” in her sleep on Tuesday at their home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
In addition to her singing success, Lynn gained further fame following the release of the 1980 musical film Coal Miner’s Daughter, based on Lynn’s 1976 biography of the same name.
Actress Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of Lynn earned her an Academy Award and the film was also nominated for Best Picture.
Lynn launched her career in the early 1960s and her songs often reflected her pride in her rural Kentucky background.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear also paid tribute on Twitter, saying, “Today, all of Kentucky mourns the loss of our very own Loretta Lynn.
“She was a legend who blazed a trail in country music while telling the stories of Appalachia and Kentucky.
“She will be greatly missed, but her words and influence will live on forever.”
Flowery tributes to Lynn were also placed on Lynn’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles on Wednesday following the news of her death.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/loretta-lynn-remembered-fondly-as-a-cantankerous-little-pistol-following-death-42041450.html Loretta Lynn was fondly remembered after the death as “grumpy little gun”.