Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn is a legendary American country music singer-songwriter known for hits like Coal Miners Daughter and You Aint Woman Enough (To Take My Man). She is one of the most awarded female country artists and has had a profound influence on the genre.


April 14, 1932


October 04, 2022


Butcher Hollow, Kentucky


Country music singer-songwriter
14 April 1932

Loretta Lynn was born

Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She would eventually become one of country music's legendary singers, renowned for her songs about her personal life and role as a woman in society.

10 January 1948

Marriage to Oliver Lynn

At the young age of 15, Loretta Lynn (née Webb) marries Oliver Vanetta Lynn, commonly known as 'Doolittle' Lynn. Their sometimes tumultuous marriage would last until his death in 1996 and greatly influence her music.

01 February 1960

Loretta Lynn's debut single

Loretta Lynn releases her first single, 'I'm a Honky Tonk Girl', which becomes a minor hit and launches her career in country music, later leading to her signing with Decca Records.

25 September 1962

Grand Ole Opry debut

Loretta Lynn makes her debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry, which is a significant milestone for any country music artist as it represents a major endorsement of talent within the industry.

11 February 1967

First number-one hit single

Lynn achieves her first number-one hit on the Billboard Country Singles chart with the song, 'Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind).'

05 October 1970

Release of 'Coal Miner's Daughter'

Loretta Lynn releases the autobiographical song 'Coal Miner's Daughter', which goes on to become one of her signature songs and encapsulates her upbringing in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

13 September 1972

Named 'Entertainer of the Year'

Loretta Lynn is named 'Entertainer of the Year' by the Country Music Association, becoming the first woman to receive this prestigious award, cementing her position as a trailblazer for female artists in country music.

10 February 1976

Release of autobiography

Her autobiography, 'Coal Miner's Daughter', is published, detailing her life from childhood in Kentucky to her success in country music. The book would later be adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

07 March 1980

Premier of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' film

The film adaptation of Lynn's autobiography, 'Coal Miner's Daughter', premieres, and it goes on to be a critical and commercial success, with Sissy Spacek winning an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lynn.

03 October 1988

Induction into Country Music Hall of Fame

Loretta Lynn's contributions to country music are recognized as she is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, an honor that highlights her as one of the definitive figures in the genre.

22 August 1996

Death of Oliver 'Doolittle' Lynn

Loretta Lynn's husband, Oliver 'Doolittle' Lynn, passes away. Their marriage lasted almost 50 years and was an integral part of her life story and music career.

27 April 2004

Release of 'Van Lear Rose'

Loretta Lynn released the critically acclaimed album 'Van Lear Rose,' produced by Jack White. The album represented a remarkable commercial and critical comeback, earning several Grammy Awards and hailed as a cross-generational hit.

10 November 2010

Recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy presented Loretta Lynn with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given to artists who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.

12 September 2013

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Loretta Lynn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. This honor is the highest civilian award of the United States and recognizes individuals who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

04 March 2016

Release of 'Full Circle'

Loretta Lynn released 'Full Circle,' her first new studio album in over ten years. This album featured new songs and reinterpretations of her classic hits, showcasing her timeless talent and ongoing relevance in the country music scene.

01 April 2019

All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert

An all-star tribute concert to celebrate Loretta Lynn's 87th birthday took place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring performances by numerous artists and showcasing Lynn's enduring influence in the country music world.

19 March 2021

Release of 'Still Woman Enough'

Loretta Lynn released her 50th studio album titled 'Still Woman Enough,' a collection of new recordings and updated versions of her classic songs. The album was another testament to Lynn's ongoing place as a central figure in country music.

04 October 2022

Death of Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn, the legendary country music singer-songwriter, passed away at the age of 90. Her death was confirmed by her family, who stated she died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Lynn's career spanned several decades, during which she became known for her groundbreaking role as a strong, independent voice for women in country music. Her hits included 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' 'You Ain't Woman Enough,' and 'Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)'.

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