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Loretta Lynn (1932-2022)

Together, the world mourns the loss of a woman who changed the music scene forever. Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn passed away (10/4/22) at the age of 90 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Scroll through photos of Loretta’s most memorable moments and don’t miss Tayla Lynn talk to Andie & Jeff about what it was like living with her grandmother’s legacy. Tayla’s candid conversation will have you laughing and crying, as well as motivated to live up to the legend’s standards and awe-inspiring example.

Yesterday, a statement from the family read:

Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills. The family has asked for privacy during this time, as they grieve. An announcement regarding a memorial will be forthcoming in a public announcement.

Loretta Lynn was a legend. She began her musical career at an early age, but it wasn’t her idea. At the urging of her husband Oliver “Dolittle” Lynn, who she called “Doo,” Loretta signed a recording contract with Decca Records. Her first single was 1960’s “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” and she later went on to record such classics as “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Rated X” and “You’re Looking at Country.” She also had mega success with with Conway Twitty, which produced such songs as “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” and the GRAMMY-winning tune “After the Fire is Gone.”

  • Loretta Lynn became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame in 1988. She was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award in 2010. In addition, she was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and in 2013 President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • She was named ACM Artist of the Decade in the 1970s. In 1972, Lynn was the first woman to ever win Entertainer off the Year by the Country Music Association, an honor she won again three years later by the Academy of Country Music. In total she won 13 ACM awards, and eight CMA Awards. Nominated for GRAMMYs 18 times, she’s won four – including two for her 2004 Jack White-produced album, “Van Lear Rose,” and her 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her place in history as a feminist icon can’t be understated. In an era where women – especially in the music industry – were expected to ‘just sing and look pretty’ – Lynn pushed back and hard. Songs like “The Pill” and “Rated X” were as explosive to pop culture as they were ultimately championed.

But she’s not just country. Rock audiences got an introduction to Loretta Lynn’s legacy in 2004 when she teamed with rock icon Jack White on “Van Lear Rose.”  It debuted at #2 on the country charts, and #24 on the Billboard 200. It was also nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, winning two of them for Best Country Album, and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Portland, Oregon.”

As for her personal life, Loretta Lynn married DoLittle in 1948. She had four children with her husband before ever breaking into music, and had six in total. She and Doo were married for over 50 years before his passing in 1996.