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Also Known As: Loretta Webb Died:
Born: April 14, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA Profession:

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The "First Lady of Country Music," Loretta Lynn's rise from a Kentucky cabin to the pinnacle of Nashville success was the quintessential American showbiz dream. Married at 13 and a mother of four by 18, Lynn taught herself to play guitar and write songs. Thanks to her talent, her husband's persistence and a little luck, Lynn broke into the music industry with her self-penned "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl." She achieved her greatest successes writing and singing a string of feisty, feminist songs the likes of which had never been heard on country radio, including "You Ain't Woman Enough" (1966), "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (with Lovin' on Your Mind)" (1967) and "Fist City" (1968), singing for (and on behalf of) working-class women everywhere. Throughout the 1970s, she continued to top the charts, both alone and together with Conway Twitty in a series of successful duets, but it would be her autobiographical song "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1970) and the subsequent Oscar-winning movie (1980) that made Lynn a household name around the world. The winner of countless awards and accolades, Lynn created her most critically acclaimed work at age 70, the Jack White-produced LP Van Lear Rose (2004). Simultaneously...

The "First Lady of Country Music," Loretta Lynn's rise from a Kentucky cabin to the pinnacle of Nashville success was the quintessential American showbiz dream. Married at 13 and a mother of four by 18, Lynn taught herself to play guitar and write songs. Thanks to her talent, her husband's persistence and a little luck, Lynn broke into the music industry with her self-penned "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl." She achieved her greatest successes writing and singing a string of feisty, feminist songs the likes of which had never been heard on country radio, including "You Ain't Woman Enough" (1966), "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (with Lovin' on Your Mind)" (1967) and "Fist City" (1968), singing for (and on behalf of) working-class women everywhere. Throughout the 1970s, she continued to top the charts, both alone and together with Conway Twitty in a series of successful duets, but it would be her autobiographical song "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1970) and the subsequent Oscar-winning movie (1980) that made Lynn a household name around the world. The winner of countless awards and accolades, Lynn created her most critically acclaimed work at age 70, the Jack White-produced LP Van Lear Rose (2004). Simultaneously representing a classic country influence as well as forward-thinking feminism, Lynn's impact on the genre and professional reputation were unmatched.

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1951:
Moved to Custer, WA with her husband Oliver "Mooney" Lynn
1959:
With a guitar her husband bought as an anniversary gift, taught herself how to play (date approx.); also began singing at local clubs
1960:
Signed a contract with Zero Records; recorded "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl"
1962:
Released the Top 10 single "Success"
1963:
Released debut album <i>Loretta Lynn Sings</i>
1966:
Became first country female recording artist to write a No. 1 hit with "You Ain't Woman Enough"
1967:
Made her No. 1 debut on the country albums chart with <i>Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)</i>
1970:
Wrote and recorded the autobiographical song "Coal Miner's Daughter"; landed at No. 1 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot Country Singles chart; Lynn's first single to chart on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 (No. 83)
1971:
Recorded five consecutive No. 1 duets with Conway Twitty including "After the Fire Is Gone" (1971) and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (1973)
1971:
Released the title track to the album <i>One's on the Way</i>, penned by poet and author Shel Silverstein
1972:
Became first woman to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year
1972:
Released the controversial single "Rated 'X'"; song went to No. 1 in country charts even though it was banned by several outlets
1973:
Became the first country star to appear on the cover of <i>Newsweek</i>
1976:
Penned her autobiography <i>Coal Miner's Daughter</i> with the help of writer Geroge Vecsey; became first country music artist to make the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller list
1977:
Released the album <i>Tribute</i> in honor of her friend Patsy Cline, who died in a plane crash in 1963
1977:
Became first female country artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1979:
Named spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble's Crisco Oil
1980:
Life story and 1976 autobiography inspired the feature film "Coal Miner's Daughter"; Sissy Spacek portrayed Lynn
1982:
Made acting debut with a guest starring role on "Fantasy Island" (ABC)
1982:
Last Top 10 record as a solo artist, "I Lie"
1985:
Last Top 20 hit, "Heart Don't Do This to Me"
1988:
Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame
1993:
Released trio album <i>Honky Tonk Angels</i> with fellow country icons Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette
1995:
Presented with the Pioneer Award at the 30th Academy of Country Music Awards
2000:
Became the first woman in country music to chart singles in five decades with "Country In My Genes"
2002:
Published second bestselling autobiography <i>Still Woman Enough</i>
2003:
Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors
2004:
Wrote the cookbook <i>You're Cookin' It Country: My Favorite Recipes and Memories</i>
2004:
Made a comeback with <i>Van Lear Rose</i>; co-written and produced by Jack White of The White Stripes; won Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 2005
2008:
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in NYC
2010:
Released tribute and duets album <i>Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn</i>; featured covers of Lynn's hits by Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, and The White Stripes
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