Loretta Lynn was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Her story is one of the most celebrated in American music, as evidenced by her numerous Grammy, CMA and CMT awards, along with her spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame, her receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and countless other accolades.
Lynn rose to the top of country music in the 1960s & 1970s with songs like Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind), You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man), Coal Miner’s Daughter, Fist City, The Pill, and One’s On The Way.
Her lyrical content, which was at times controversial, injected humor and personal experience into raw and honest subject matter, capturing everyday struggles of women of all kinds.
As she turns 85 this week, Loretta is as busy as ever. She has two sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and has just announced the new album Wouldn’t It Be Great, due out August 18, to follow up her Grammy-nominated 2016 release Full Circle.
“Loretta Lynn is not only a cornerstone in country music, but she is interwoven into the fabric of American culture,” said SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne, host on both the Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59) and Outlaw Country (Ch. 60) channels.
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