The Iconic Life of Loretta Lynn 1932-2022

Loretta Lynn was born Loretta Webb in Butcher Holler, Kentucky on April 14, 1932.

She bought her first guitar for $17 and began learning how to play while she sang (learning lots of Kitty Wells songs), and performed with local bands at local halls.

Lynn met her husband, Oliver "Mooney" Lynn, at a pie social at 16. The couple married in 1948, just a month after they met.

Lynn and Conway Twitty recorded 11 albums with five number one hits, including their 1973 iconic duet, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.” 

Lynn became the first woman to receive Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs, entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, and released 46 studio albums.

"Coal Miner's Daughter" was made into a film starring Sissy Spacek and earned the actress an Oscar in 1981 for her role portraying Lynn.

In 2000, Audium Records released Lynn's album Still Country. She wrote her second autobiography, Still Woman Enough in 2002, and was recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003.

Lynn collaborated with The White Stripes’ musician Jack White. In 2004, White helped to produce Lynn’s 42nd studio album, Van Lear Rose, for which they won a Grammy.

Loretta Lynn has been long established as the undisputed Queen of Country Music, with more than 50 years of recording and touring to her name.

She tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life. "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Fist City" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" are just three of her 16 No.1 country singles.

By 2021, she released her 46th and final studio album, Still Woman Enough.