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Singer: Loretta Lynn


She's had 11 number one hits, every major award a country singer can win, and a place in the Country Music and Grammy Awards halls of fame. Not bad for a coal miner's daughter. Uploaded by

Imagine growing up in a place called Butcher Holler, being married at age 13, having four children by the age of 19, and then deciding to pursue a music career. That’s an unusual background for success, but it gave Loretta Lynn, the coal miner’s daughter, an authenticity and an ambition that being born to money could never have provided.

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Lynn looked to Patsy Cline as a mentor, and indeed named one of her children Patsy in the legend’s honor. Ironically, Lynn assumed Cline’s place as the leading lady of country music after Cline’s untimely death. Most of Lynn’s early successes were honky-tonk songs, and she had a string of hits in the 60s. In her career, she’s had 47 songs make the top 20 on the Country chart, with an amazing 11 make it all the way to number 1. She also had a dozen top 10 duets with Conway Twitty, the first five of which were also number one hits.

She’s won so many awards it’s not possible to list them here. Among the  highlights: CMA Vocalist of the Year (3x), CMA Entertainer of the Year (1972), Academy of Country Music Awards Top Female Vocalist (4x) and its Entertainer of the Year (1975), the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, CMT’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music (no. 3), and Kennedy Center Honors (2003).

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  1. Finally, a musical post that’s in my musical heritage. I think we had 8 track tapes of Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride, Porter Wagner, and Tanya Tucker.
    Good to hear this song again. I’m a coal miner’s granddaughter.

    • “Finally a musical post that’s in my musical heritage.” Christy, you sound like I’m opposed to country music! Look in the Singers category and you’ll find Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, maybe others. I was posting country when country wasn’t cool. To coin a phrase.

  2. i just got Coal Miner’s Daughter (tribute album) and it is so amazing. Love Loretta Lynne, she looked great at the CMAs too