Courtesy of Forbes

272: Loretta Lynn

Country Music Legend

Born: 14 April 1932, Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, United States of America

Loretta is remembered for songs like Coal Miner’s Daughter, Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind), and You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).

Loretta married at the age of thirteen one month after meeting her future husband, Doolittle, a twenty-one year old army veteran (they would go on to have six children—four of whom were born by the time she was eighteen).

In February of 1960, she was given a record deal and sent to Los Angeles to record her first four songs. Her record eventually made its way to number fourteen on the country music charts. She made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on 17 September 1960.

Her songs are known for focusing on working class women’s issues like birth control, repeat childbirth, and husbands and mistresses.

In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barrack Obama.

Loretta was the first solo female country artist invited to perform at the White House (under the Nixon Administration). She has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since joining in 1962.

As of 2019, Loretta has recorded sixty albums. A biographical film was made about her in 1980 titled Coal Miner’s Daughter (starring Sissy Spacek who won the Academy Award for her part).

Loretta is the most awarded female country music artist of all time. She has sold more than forty-five million albums worldwide.