It’s still hard to believe that Loretta Lynn is gone.
The country music pioneer and legend sadly passed away on October 4, 2022 at the age of 90.
But today, April 14, would have been the Coal Miner’s Daughter’s 91st birthday.
Born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, in 1932, Loretta’s country music career spanned more than 60 years and featured hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.
The Country Music Hall of Famer boasts a whopping 51 Top 10 hits, she’s won multiple Grammy Awards, and she was the first woman to win the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards for Entertainer of the Year.
She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. She sold over 45 million albums worldwide.
The 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter was made about her life.
On her first birthday since her passing, Loretta’s family and many in the country community have shared tributes to the country music trailblazer:
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Loretta’s granddaughter, Emmy Russell, also made her Grand Ole Opry debut last night, honoring her “memaw” with a special song called “Memaw’s Guitar.”
God bless Loretta Lynn. And happy birthday up there in heaven to one of the greatest to ever do it.