Country music singer Loretta Lynn, known for her hits Coal Miner’s Daughter and You Ain’t Woman Enough you have died She was 90.
She died on Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee – around 100 km west of Nashville – her family shared in a statement obtained by the Associated Press, reported the New York Post’s Page Six column.
Lynn, the daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, made a name for herself by writing songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia, a region of the US that stretches from the north west to south east across the Applachain mountains.
Already a mother to four children, she launched her career in the early 1960s, singing about her pride in her rural Kentucky upbringing.
The Country Music Hall of Famer, who often wore long elaborate sparkling gowns, was ahead of her time, singing about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce, and birth control.
She also broke barriers becoming the first woman to be named entertainer of the year at the genre’s two major awards shows, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music three years later.
She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988 and continued to climb in her career, even earning two Grammys in 2005 for her album Van Lear Rose.
Lynn and her husband Oliver Lynn were married nearly 50 years before he died in 1996. They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest and Clara, and then twins Patsy and Peggy. She had 17 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
This article appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.