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Loretta Lynn

March 6th, 2016

Birth Name:
Loretta Webb

Born:
Loretta Lynn

Genre:
Country

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






Loretta Lynn

Biography

Loretta Lynn is one of the classic country singers. During the '60s and '70s, she ruled the charts, racking up over 70 hits as a solo artist and a duet partner. Lynn helped forge the way for strong, independent women in country music. As told by her song (and movie and book), Loretta Lynn is a coal miner's daughter, born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky in 1932. As a child, she sang in church and at a variety of local concerts. In January 1949, she married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn. She was 13 years old at the time. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Custer, Washington, where they raised four children. After a decade of motherhood, Lynn began performing her own songs in local clubs, backed by a band led by her brother, Jay Lee Webb. In 1960, she signed a contract with Zero Records, which released her debut single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." The honky tonk ballad became a hit thanks to the insistent, independent promotion of Lynn and her husband. The pair would drive from one radio station to the next, getting the DJs to play her single, and sent out thousands of copies to stations. All of the effort paid off -- the single reached number 14 on the charts and attracted the attention of the Wilburn Brothers. The Wilburns hired Lynn to tour with them in 1960 and advised her to relocate to Nashville. She followed their advice and moved to the city in late 1960. After she arrived, she signed with Decca Records, and would work with Owen Bradley, who had produced Patsy Cline. Lynn released her first Decca single, "Success," in 1962 and it went straight to number six, beginning a string of Top Ten singles that would run to the end of the decade and throughout the next. She was a hard honky tonk singer for the first half of the '60s, and rarely strayed from the genre. Although she still worked within the confines of honky tonk in the latter half of the decade, her sound became more personal, varied, and ambitious, particularly lyrically. Beginning with 1966's number two hit "You Ain't Woman Enough," Lynn began writing songs that had a feminist viewpoint, which was unheard of in country music. Her lyrical stance became more autobiographical and realistic as time wore on, highlighted by such hits as "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" (1966), "Your Squaw Is on the Warpath" (1968), "Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone)" (1969), and a tune about birth control called "The Pill" (1974). Between 1966 and 1970, Lynn racked up 13 Top Ten hits, including four number one hits -- "Don't Come Home a Drinkin'," "Fist City" (1968), "Woman of the World," and the autobiographical "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1970). In 1971, she began a professional partnership with Conway Twitty. As a duo, Lynn and Twitty had five consecutive number one hits between 1971 and 1975: "After the Fire Is Gone" (1971), "Lead Me On" (1971), "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (1973), "As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone" (1974), and "Feelins'" (1974). The hit streak kick-started what would become one of the most successful duos in country history. For four consecutive years (1972-1975), Lynn and Twitty were named Vocal Duo of the Year by the Country Music Association. In addition to their five number one singles, they had seven other Top Ten hits between 1976 and 1981. Lynn published her autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, in the mid-'70s. In 1980, the book was adapted for the screen, with Sissy Spacek as Loretta. It was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful films of the year, and Spacek won the Academy Award for her performance. All of the attention surrounding the movie made Lynn a household name within the American mainstream. Although she continued to be a popular concert attraction throughout the '80s, she wasn't able to continue her domination of the country charts. "I Lie," her last Top Ten single, arrived in early 1982, while her last Top 40 single, "Heart Don't Do This to Me," was in 1985. In light of her declining record sales, Lynn backed away from recording frequently during the late '80s and '90s, concentrating on performing instead. In 1993, she recorded the Honky Tonk Angels album with Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Still Country was released in mid-2000. In 2004, Lynn teamed up with White Stripes guitarist Jack White and released Van Lear Rose, which was met with both surprise and awe. The album quickly became popular and Lynn embarked on tour to support it. Van Lear Rose won two Grammy Awards, including best country album in 2005. In 2007, Lynn started recording again, with her daughter Patsy Lynn Reynolds and John Carter Cash acting as producers. Over the next eight years, she recorded hundreds of songs, and these recordings were whittled down to Full Circle, a full-length album released in March of 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Top Albums


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Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Lay Me Down (feat. Willie Nelson)Full Circle2:50$1.29
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Everybody Wants to Go to HeavenFull Circle2:53$1.29
3.
Coal Miner's DaughterAll Time Greatest Hits3:00$1.29
4.
Portland, Oregon (feat. Jack White)Van Lear Rose3:49$1.29
5.
Everything it Takes (feat. Elvis Cos..Full Circle3:01$1.29
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You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take ..All Time Greatest Hits2:13$1.29
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Who's Gonna Miss Me?Full Circle2:44$1.29
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In the PinesFull Circle3:07$1.29
9.
Always on My MindFull Circle3:27$1.29
10.
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man20th Century Masters - The ..2:31$1.29
11.
Wine into WaterFull Circle3:21$1.29
12.
Fist CityFull Circle2:16$1.29
13.
Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (..All Time Greatest Hits2:08$1.29
14.
Black Jack DavidFull Circle2:09$1.29
15.
You're Lookin' At Country (S..Definitive Collection: Lore..2:17$1.29
16.
I'm a Honky Tonk GirlHonky Tonk Girl - The Loret..2:18$0.99
17.
I Never Will MarryFull Circle3:37$1.29
18.
Whispering SeaFull Circle2:16$1.29
19.
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi ManAll Time Greatest Hits2:32$1.29
20.
Miss Being Mrs.Van Lear Rose2:50$0.99
21.
Family TreeVan Lear Rose3:03$0.99
22.
Secret LoveFull Circle3:20$1.29
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Van Lear RoseVan Lear Rose3:50$0.99
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Fist CityAll Time Greatest Hits2:12$1.29
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Coal Miner's DaughterCoal Miner's Daughter3:00$1.29

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