Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music, has died. She was 90.
In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the family said in a statement. They asked for privacy as they grieve and said a memorial will be announced later.
LORETTA LYNN had a rough start in life and it didn’t get any easier in her adult life either. She was a very talented and strong woman who had to fight against all odds and held her own becoming one of the most famous country music icons. Shes listened to and celebrated world wide thanks to her 1980 Biopic, “Coal Minor’s Daughter”, starring Sissy Spacek and is one of the better cinematic bios, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” deserves praise because it is such a topnotch production. Sissy Spacek gives a terrific performance in the rags-to-riches, true-life story of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Lynn Personally Chose Sissy Spacek to Play Her in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
Loretta Lynn’s career as an American singer-songwriter spanned six decades in country music. Lynn released multiple gold albums. She had hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin'”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City”, and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.
Lynn had four children before launching her career in the early 1960s, and her songs reflected her pride in her rural Kentucky background.
As a songwriter she was a defiantly tough woman, a contrast to the stereotypical image of most female country singers. The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote about love and sex, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control and met with trouble with radio programmers for her controversial material that even rock artists avoided.
When Metallica played Nashville for the first time in a decade back in January 2019, they added a country twist to their set with a cover of Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Looking at Country.” It turns out that not only was the 87-year-old “tickled” by the band’s rendition, but she was there to witness it in person.
Her family released a statement which read:
“Our precious mom, Loretta
Lynn, passed away
peacefully this morning,
October 4th, in her sleep at
home at her beloved ranch in
Hurricane Mills.” The family
of Loretta Lynn.