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Loretta Lynn Biography

Birth Name:
Loretta Webb
Birth Place:
Butcher Holler, Kentucky, United States
Country singer, songwriter

Fast Facts

  • Born during the Depression to a Kentucky coal miner and his wife
  • Given a $17 guitar by husband Doolittle when she was 18 and taught herself to play, but didn't consider music as a career until years later
  • Signed to Zero Records in 1960 after its Canadian owner spotted her on a Buck Owens-hosted TV talent show in Tacoma, WA
  • Her first single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," became a Top 20 country hit in 1960
  • Two years later, after signing with Decca, she scored her first Top 10 hit with "Success
  • " Has achieved 27 No
  • 1 country hits and more than 50 Top 10 country hits during her career
  • Among her best-known numbers: "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" (1966); "Fist City" (1968), "Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone)" (1969) and "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1970)
  • Named the CMA's Female Vocalist of the Year in 1967, 1972 and 1973; and was the first female Entertainer of the Year in 1972
  • Often dueted with Conway Twitty during the 1970s and early '80s
  • They scored five No
  • 1 country hits between 1971 and '75 and an additional seven Top 10 hits from 1976 to '81
  • Her 1975 song "The Pill," about the birth-control pill, was controversial in its day: The record company delayed releasing it for several years and, once it was put out as a single, many country radio stations refused to play it
  • Titled her 1976 autobiography Coal Miner's Daughter after her 1970 hit autobiographical song
  • The book led to the classic 1980 movie of the same name, which earned Sissy Spacek the Best Actress Oscar
  • Chose Sissy Spacek to play her in the movie from a photograph; she hadn't seen any of Spacek's films
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988; the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983; and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008