Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of Country music, has died at the age of 90.
In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, TN.
Her biggest hits came in the 1960s and ’70s, including “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.”
Lynn notched sixteen No. 1s between 1966 and 1978, and she and Conway Twitty were CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year 1972-75 with songs including “Lead Me On,” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” and “Feelins.” Lynn became the first woman to be named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1972.
Coal Miner’s Daughter, which was also the title of Lynn’s 1976 autobiography, was adapted into the 1980 movie of the same name, earning star Sissy Spacek a Best Actress Academy Award and the film was nominated for Best Picture. Lynn was 15 when she married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, whom she called “Doo” or “Doolittle,” and it was he who urged her to sing professionally and helped promote her early career. Tommy Lee Jones portrayed Mooney Lynn in the biopic.
She was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988; published her second autobiography, Still Woman Enough, in 2002; and received the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime contributions to the arts in 2003. Her Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose won Best Country Album at the 2004 Grammy Awards. She released her forty-sixth solo studio album, Still Woman Enough, in 2021.
Country stars took to social media today to pay their respects to the beloved icon.
We’re sure going to miss @LorettaLynn. What an amazing woman and so unbelievably talented. Very thankful she shared that with all of us fans. God bless all of the family. Rest in Peace Loretta. See you down the road. — gs pic.twitter.com/TxniY3Qmgs
— George Strait (@GeorgeStrait) October 4, 2022
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 4, 2022
She showed us all how to unapologetically tell the truth. One of the greatest there ever will be. I’ll be singing “Dear Miss Loretta” with a little extra love tonight at the @opry ♥️ Now she really is a Honky Tonk Angel 🕊 #RIP pic.twitter.com/fiUNnTrlvZ
— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) October 4, 2022
There is no Shania Twain without Loretta Lynn (and those that came before her) – constantly kicking the door down and finding humour along the way! R.I.P Loretta ❤️ pic.twitter.com/hABFG8iE8I
— Shania Twain 💎💎💎 (@ShaniaTwain) October 4, 2022
The first time I met Loretta Lynn was at the Grand Ole Opry at beginning of my career. I was chatting in the corner with another artist and someone walked behind me and smacked me on the rear end! I turned around and there she was…in a big sparkly dress.. https://t.co/LG40fLLSiG pic.twitter.com/BGfL0SVwEo
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) October 4, 2022
I’m so heartbroken to hear about Loretta’s passing. She was so kind to me and she blazed so many trails for all of us girls in country music. Thanks you for all the songs . Miss you. Fly high. 🦋💙 pic.twitter.com/BJijGC16Wy
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) October 4, 2022
There was no one like Loretta. She was a trailblazer for the genre and a role model for so many young women…. My wife and our daughters included. Sending our love to her family and all of those grieving today. @LorettaLynn pic.twitter.com/kmMZHt2FHW
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) October 4, 2022
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Rest In Peace, Coal Miner’s Daughter. pic.twitter.com/zFHj5Dqouq
— Old Dominion (@OldDominion) October 4, 2022
Terrible news about Loretta Lynn passing away… Prayers to her family.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 4, 2022
Listening to nothing but Loretta Lynn for the rest of the week. RIP to an absolute icon in country music. Damn.
— Parker McCollum (@ParkerMcCollum) October 4, 2022