Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn Brief Biography

Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn, born Loretta Webb 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 15 she married, and soon 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.

In 1953, on their sixth anniversary, at the age of 21, Lynn's husband bought her a $17 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 (Honky Tonk Girl) 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".

Loretta Lynn News

• Loretta Lynn, country music icon, hospitalized after stroke
• The Almanac for April 14, the 104th day of 2017
• Jennifer Nettles hosts 'CMA Country Christmas' on ABC
• Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to receive stars on Nashville's Walk of Fame

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