Loretta Lynn, the country music singer-songwriter known for hits like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Love on Your Mind), has died. She was 90 years old.
Her family confirmed the news in a statement that reads, “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.”
They continued the statement by requesting privacy and confirmed that information regarding the musician’s memorial would be released via public announcement at a later date.
Born in the coal mining community of Butcher Hollow, Kenn., Lynn’s expansive six-decade-long career took off in Nashville, Tenn., on the country music scene, where in 1967, the artist began climbing the charts with beloved tunes which showcased her distinct talent.
After marrying at the tender age of 15, Lynn left her beloved Kentucky for the state of Washington, along with her husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn. Once there, they settled in a logging community and welcomed the first of six children.
A self-taught guitarist, Lynn picked up her instrument, honed the skills, and soon began her band, Loretta and the Trailblazers, along with her brother, Jay Lee. The ensemble frequently performed at Bob’s Tavern in Blaine, Wash., and Delta Grange Hall in Custer, Wash., cutting her first record, the debut single “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” in February 1960.
Later, Lynn would stake a claim in Nashville, Tenn., where she recorded many of her previously mentioned hits. At the center of much of her work were themes that touched on the many issues facing American women, such as birth control (“The Pill”), childbirth (“One’s On The Way”), and the Vietnam War draft, which left many young wives widowed (“Dear Uncle Sam”).
While radio stations refused to play some of her music, going so far as to ban nine tracks, the association with power and the use of freedom of speech only increased her stardom, which was laminated with the Academy-Award-winning depiction of her life, Coal Miner’s Daughter, based on Lynn’s 1976 autobiography.
Lynn received significant accreditation and awards for her life’s work. In 1983 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and followed up a few years later with the same honor from the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. Moreover, in 2013, Lynn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, one of the nation’s highest honors.
The singer-songwriter will be remembered for her significant contributions to country and American music. An icon for fellow female artists and listeners, Lynn will forever be associated with strength, resilience, and of course, uncanny musical talent.
Lynn is proceeded in death by her husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, and children, son, Jack Benny, and daughter, Betty Sue. The musician is also survived by four children, Clara, Ernest, and twins, Peggy Jean and Patsy Eileen.