Loretta Lynn Biography

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Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, KY, on April 14, 1934. The second of eight children born to Ted and Clara Webb, Loretta was welcomed with open arms by the young couple. With her parents blessing and encouragement, young Loretta soon found her voice and a place where it would be appreciated. During the first twelve years of her life, she sang in churches and at a variety of local concerts.

At age thirteen, Loretta married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn. Within the first few months of marriage, Mooney and Loretta's brother, Jay Lee Web, Jr., hitchhiked to Washington looking for work. Thirteen year old pregnant Loretta stayed behind until Mooney sent money and a train ticket several months later.

Settled into a new state, fourteen year old Loretta gave birth to her first child, Betty Sue, in Custer, WA. As a young mother and housewife, Loretta stopped singing publicly, and shared her passion for music with her young daughter, singing to her regularly.

By the time she was seventeen, Loretta had four children. Inspired by his wife's vocal abilities, Mooney bought his wife a guitar on her eighteenth birthday, and Loretta began to teach herself to play. Within a few months, Loretta was writing her own music and with her husband's encouragement, she began singing with a local band on the weekends.

Loretta's big break came when Mooney entered her in a local talent contest. Not only did she win, but she also received a personal invitation from Buck Owens to perform on his television show. Her performance was well received and caught the attention of Zero Records, who immediately contacted her and offered a recording deal. Loretta flew to LA in 1960, and recorded one of her own songs, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl." Zero Records was a small firm and didn't have the money to promote Loretta's new single, so Mooney decided to do it himself. He and Loretta began mailing the record across the country, where it landed in the hands of radio station owners and disc jockeys. Mooney then packed the family and headed for Nashville, where he hoped he and Loretta could plug the record at local radio stations. The song was hit even before they reached Nashville. The single eventually climbed as high as number fourteen on the charts.

Loretta's first single attracted the attention of the Wilburn Brothers, who hired her to tour with them in 1960. After pleading with her to relocate to Nashville, Loretta and family moved to the city in 1960. A year later, she became a regular member of the Grand Ole Opry, had a number one hit album, and gave birth to twin girls.

It didn't take long for Nashville to grab on to the rising star. Loretta was offered a record deal with Decca Records, and accepted. "Success," Loretta's first single with Decca Records was released in 1962, and climbed all the way to number six. For the next decade, Loretta released honky tonk hit after hit, all of them reaching the Top Ten List.

In 1966, longing for her own sound, Loretta strayed from Honky Tonk, and began recording singles that she had written. Over the course of the next four years, Lynn pulled in 13 Top Ten hits, and was hailed the best country music lyricist ever.

In 1970, Loretta became the first ever female country artist to receive a gold album. Conway Twitty and Loretta formed a partnership and released 5 successful hit songs. They were awarded Duo of the Year by the Country Music Association, and released seven more Top Ten hits.

In the mid 1970s, Loretta put pen to paper, writing the autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter." Six years later, in 1976, Loretta's book became a New York Times best seller. The book would eventually be adapted to the screen in 1980, and become a critically acclaimed hi,t with Sissy Spacek winning an Oscar for her performance. While the movie and the movie's theme song climbed the charts, Loretta became the only female country to to appear on the cover of Newsweek, in 1973.

Despite her immense popularity as a result of the movie, Lynn's never regained her popularity in the music world. Her concerts were well attended, but record sales were down. She had two Top Ten hits in the he 1980s and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, but still made the decision to back away from the recording studio, so that she could focus her efforts on performances.

Today, Loretta is a successful businesswoman who owns her own music publishing company. She also owns and operates a Dude Ranch and campground in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, featuring a plantation styled home that is an exact replica of her childhood home. Loretta continues to perform across the United States, and has released several singles. Loretta and Mooney's children take turns balancing the responsibilities of the Loretta Lynn Ranch and Campgrounds in Tennessee, and several serve as part of her touring entourage.

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movie filmed in my home town | Reviewer: Tressia Nunn | 5/13/14

I still have a ticket given to me by movie makers of coal miners daughter. May 23,1979. It was at Wise,Va. She and Patsy Cline, singing together. Sissy Spacek did a wonderful job. It was raing hard that day. Me and my husband then were part of the audience. I've seen Loretta several times and she is still an awesome singer. Being from Letcher,Ky City of Neon I understand the hardships of her young life. My grandpa was a coal miner and was a member of the UMWA. He was also cherekee Indian. We love you Loretta hope to see your ranch someday.

we have a lot in comman. please read on. | Reviewer: marie white | 11/9/13

I am 66 years old and you are my idol I love you and your family so much wish I could meet you in person even a letter would make me ever so happy you are a wonderful person. my dad was born in Kentucky he was also a coal miner so I guess this would make me a coal miners daughter like you his name is henry kelvin white born in 1911 . please contact me I love all your songs my favorite is coal miners daughter brings back a lot of memories.

Anxious to See You Next Week | Reviewer: Kathy Lucas | 10/12/13

My sister and I are surprising our 79 year old Mom and bringing her to see you at the Emerald Queen in Tacoma, WA next week. She will be so surprised. This will be a memory none of us will forget and we are looking so forward to participating in your concert. We love your music and life story. Wishing you well and a continued enjoyable life loving what you do!

DEAR LORETTA | Reviewer: ROBERTA | 7/14/13

LORETTA U HAVE BEEN A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME TOOK ME 39 YEARS TO SEE MY IDOL WHICH IS U AND MY OTHER IDOL WAS CONWAY TWITTY I SEEN U IN PENNSYLVANIA AND I EVEN GOT PIC BUT I WOULD SO MUCH LOVE TO MEET AND TALK WITH U IN PERSON UR A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ANY ONE THAT IS A COUNTRY FAN , I GREW UP LISTENING TO U AND OTHERS IN COUNTRY MUSIC, AND TO BE HONEST I EVEN HAD MY WEDDING ON THE SAME DAY U AND MOONEY GO MARRIED JANUARY 10TH AND HAS A GRAND-DAUGHTER SAME AS U HAVE NAMED ANGEL IF UR EVER PASSING THRU PENNSYLVANIA AGAIN I HOPE I CNA GET A CHANCE TO HAVE A PIC TAKEN WITH U AND HOPE WE HAVE U AROUND FOR MANY MORE YERAS UR A ANGEL FROM GODS BLESSING GOD BLESS WE LOVE YOU LORETTA

You're legacy is an inspiration | Reviewer: Kim Carter | 6/3/13

After growing up hearing your music since the mid 60's and loving it, I finally got to see you live at Renfro Valley this past weekend. That is memory I will cherish forever. It was great to not only see you perform, but to see your children by your side and the wonderful rapport you have with them. I loved the whole show. I have enjoyed many years of your music, your movie ( still one of my favs to this day) and your books. I know many go on and on about Coal Miner's Daughter, but I absolutely loved Still Woman Enough: A Memoir. The honesty and the willingness to share all of your life, good and bad was an inspiration to me. Through your songs you have shared it all, and didn't sugar coat life like so many try to do. Life is hard, life is not always fair, but in the end , faith, love and loyalty can bring us through anything. You are a beautiful and talented lady and you still have what it takes to shine...I only hope when I reach my 80's that I can be as vibrant as you are. God Bless Loretta, from a very happy fan in Campbellsville, KY.


You are a role model ......Loretta Lynn | Reviewer: Judy Lynn | 5/25/13

I just wanted to say how much I adore you and how your music and the movie of your life has inspired me. When I was 2 yrs old I would sit as close to the stereo speakers as I could to hear you sing...as I got older I understood more the meaning of the words you were singing. Thank you .. for being an inspiration xo ..PS.....there are not many singers I still listen to from when I was that young :-) Please know how your music has touched young and old alike :-)

Lost out on your concert for May 18, 2013 | Reviewer: Debbie Johnson-Este | 5/14/13

Hi Loretta, my husband and I are huge fans we were hoping to get tickets for May 18th here in morton MN but they are all sold out.we would really enjoy meeting you in person sometime and getting an autographed picture. god bless you and yours we love you and your music and we will be trying to find your book. I just recieved the movie Coal Miners Daughter and a CD of your songs Thank you for everything you have giving your fans and Country Music

MT. Pleasant MI show | Reviewer: Jenny and Chris | 4/30/13

We saw her show on 4/27/13 at the Soaring Eagle Casino in MI. It was great. Not only did the show sell out but all of her merchandise did too! Never saw that happen before. Her and her son told some jokes between songs. The crowd loved it. She played many of her hits but no songs from Van Lear Rose. She sounds and looks great. Hope to see her live again. Five star rating.

Dave Thornhill | Reviewer: Tim Clark | 4/15/13

Hi Loretta, bless yer bones.My late Father {Charlie Clark} told me that he and Dave used to perform together as members of the "Scioto Valley Boys" out of Ohio and that Dave loved Dad's rendition of the Auctioneer Song.Hope you are well and happy and I thank you for your contributions to the music world.God bless you and yours.Take care. d's

I love you Loretta | Reviewer: Dorreen Noyes | 3/19/13

I got to see you in Lowell in 1998 when you started touring again It was the highlight of my life I started crying on the way home I couldn't believe I finally got to see the first woman of everything in country music.

Greatest Country Music | Reviewer: milnotgil@aol.com | 1/25/13

I have listened to your music since I was a 10 yr. old child! I am 63 yrs. old and I still love you & your music. I have seen your movie so many times and can't wait until I see it again. I read your book also. I just want to thank you for the many years you made me and all your fans happy. U are still "The Coal Miners daughter" and forever live in my heart. May the Lord Jesus Bless you and UR family........Mellie

jojobinkslovesryan | Reviewer: Johanna Ceranski | 1/24/13

Loretta I love everything that you've done. It is always my greatest pleasure to listen to your songs and watch your life story as depicted by Ms. Sissy Spacek and Tommy lee Jones. You are lovely, talented and special. Thank you for your finest addition to country music.

Loretta will be here forever. | Reviewer: Barbara Jean Sundberg | 5/19/12

I read a review by a little girl who said she "would like to see Loretta before she is gone forever". As a much older fan, who has emulated Loretta Lynn since before I could pronounce her name right, I firmly believe that she will never be gone forever. Her spirit and music will live on.

Daughter is one of your biggest fans | Reviewer: Kim C | 10/12/11

Hi Miss Loretta, My 14 year old daughter just loves you. She sings, plays guitar and writes songs. Music is truly her first love and you have been a huge influence in her life. We have tickets to go see you in Durham, NC at the DPAC on Oct 23. She would love to meet you if at all possible. To tell you what kind of girl she is, she spent all of her savings to buy her friend that was born deaf a guitar for her birthday. She has had surgery after surgery since birth and just got her hearing back over the summer and was able to hear the rain for the first time! Kelly (my daughter) was so happy for her that she asked if it would be alright if she bought her a guitar and taught her how to play and sing. She is a very special soul. It would be a dream come true for her to be able to meet you in person when you are in Durham. Thank you for all you've done for country music. We can't wait for the concert.

we love Loretta Lynn | Reviewer: Jennifer | 4/15/11

Loretta I wanted to take a minute and tell you how much I appreciate you and you music. I am a mother a three and have been married 11 years. My husband's not home much so mostly its just me and the kids here. We love to listen to your songs. My 10 year old daughter's favorite song is Fist City but we love them all. Thank you for sharing you wonderful gift of song with us. We love you Loretta Lynn. Jennifer from Mississippi


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