Loretta Lynn, miner’s daughter and queen of the country, dies

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Loretta Lynn, the daughter of a Kentucky miner who sang candid songs about life and love as an Appalachian woman, lifted her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music. was 90 years old.

In a statement provided to the Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“Our dear mother, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning in her sleep at her beloved ranch home in Hurricane Mills. They have sadly requested privacy and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. said.

Lynn already had four children before starting her career in the early 1960s. Her songs reflected her pride in growing up in rural Kentucky.

As a songwriter, she has crafted a rebellious, tough-female persona. This contrasts with the typical image of most female country singers. Her Music Hall of Fame inductee fearlessly wrote about sex and love, her husband’s cheating, divorce and birth control, and sometimes rock radio got into trouble with her programmers for material that even her performers avoided. was

Her biggest hits came in the 1960s and 70s, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” and “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “Rated X” and “You’re Looking at Country”. She is known for her elaborately embroidered and rhinestone floor-length, wide gowns, many of which were created by her longtime personal assistant, designer Tim Cobb.

Her integrity and unique standing in country music paid off. She was the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year at her two major award shows in the genre, by the Country Music Association in 1972 and three years later by the Academy of Country Music.

“That’s what I wanted to hear and what other women wanted to hear.” Lin told the Associated Press 2016. I wrote for us women. And men loved it too. “

In 1969, she released her autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, which helped her reach the widest audience ever.

“We were poor, but we had love/That’s the only thing Daddy made sure/He raked coal to make the poor man’s money,” she sang.

The Miner’s Daughter, the title of her 1976 book, was turned into a movie of the same name in 1980. Lynn, played by Sissy Spacek, won an Academy Award and was nominated for Best Picture.

Long after her commercial peak, Lynn won two Grammy Awards in 2005 for her album Van Lear Rose. The album features 13 of her songs she wrote, including “Portland, Oregon,” in which she sang about a drunken one-night stand. “Van Lear Rose” was a collaboration with rocker Jack White, who produced the album and played her part on guitar.

Born the second of eight children, Loretta Webb claimed to have been born in Butcher Holler, near the mining town of Van Lear in the eastern Kentucky mountains. However, there was really no butcher horror. She later told reporters that she coined her name for the purpose of her song based on the names of her family members who lived there.

Her dad played the banjo, mom played the guitar, and she grew up on Carter Family songs.

“I think I was singing when I was born,” she told AP in 2016. “Loretta, shut that big mouth. This loud, the whole world can hear you. And I said, ‘Papa, what difference does that make?'” they are all my cousins.

In her autobiography, she wrote that she was 13 when she married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, AP State records later discovered Tommy Lee Jones played Moonee Lynn in the biopic.

Her husband, whom she called “Doo” or “Doolittle,” encouraged her to sing professionally and helped advance her early career. He signed a recording contract with Decca Records and later MCA, and performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Lynne wrote her first hit her single “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl” released in 1960.

she also teamed up Singer Conway Twitty They formed one of country music’s most popular duos, winning Grammy Awards for hits like “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” and “After the Fire Is Gone.” Their duets and her singles her records have always been mainstream her country, neither crossover nor pop.

The Academy of Country Music named her Artist of the Decade in the 1970s and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

In “Fist City,” Lynn threatens to have a gruesome fistfight if another woman doesn’t leave her man. She goes to Fist City. That strong-willed but traditional country woman reappears in other Lynn songs. In her song “The Pill” about her sex and birth control, Lynne writes about being fed up with being locked up in her house to take care of her baby: . I sang.

She moved to the Nashville suburb of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, in the 1990s and set up a ranch complete with a replica of her childhood home and a popular roadside tourist attraction, the museum. The dress she was known to wear is also there.

Lynn knew her songs were pioneers, especially in country music, but she was only writing truths that many rural women like her experienced.

“I worked at a club so I could see other women going through the same thing. I’m not the only one who lives to be,” she told the AP in 1995.

Even in his later years, Lynn didn’t seem to stop writing, signing a multi-album deal with Legacy Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, in 2014. In 2017 she had a stroke As such, she was forced to postpone the show.

she and her husband were married for nearly 50 years before he died in 1996They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest, Clara, and twins Patsy and Peggy. She had her 17 grandchildren and her 4 step-grandchildren.