Loretta Lynn – Country Titan and Coal Miner’s Daughter – Has Died
There are many artists whose life experiences have been interwoven into their music, and resulted in the purest form of what has gone on to be recognized as “country music” around the world. But few, if any—especially from the feminine perspective—had the same grace, the same truth, the same impact that the songs of Loretta Lynn did.
Know affectionately as the Coal Miner’s Daughter, and also considered nothing less than a Queen of the country music genre, she will go down in history as one of the very most important and iconic artists to ever grace the genre, singular in her impact, Mount Rushmore-esque in her momentous contributions, and more than significant in how she moved the American culture in way that resonated well beyond country, and well beyond music.
Mother, grandmother, strong woman, proud daughter of Kentucky and a coal miner, Loretta Lynn was the voice of the rural woman, singing through the struggles and scars in a way that still conveyed an eternal beauty. She was country music incarnate, defining what country music was for nearly a century. She was an institution. She was a voice for those women without one. She was a mother and wife to all of us. And now, that legacy will be cemented into eternity.
A simple statement came from the family Tuesday morning, “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” it read. And now the country music community and the rest of the world mourns.
Telling the story of Loretta Lynn’s life almost feels redundant, since so many fans of her music, as well as many people beyond, can cite it from memory since it was found right there in her songs, and memorialized in the award-winning film from 1980, Coal Miner’s Daughter, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and earned Sissy Spacek Best Actress honors. She was born Loretta Webb in Butcher Holler, Kentucky on April 14th, 1932. Her father was a coal miner.
Lynn married the notorious Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn when she was just 15—only as month after they had met. They moved to Washington State for work when she was seven months pregnant. In 1953, Dolittle bought her a $17 Harmony guitar. Initially, Loretta Lynn didn’t want to pursue music. It was Doolittle’s coaxing that unearthed the passion for it within her. By the time Lynn cut her first record in 1960 called “Honky Tonk Girl,” she already had four children.
But nothing was going to get in the way of Loretta Lynn once she was determined to become a star in country music. Though Doolittle was often the foil and villain for her songs, he was also her biggest cheerleader. The two drove all around the country, hand delivering records to radio stations, begging them to play it. By the 60s, the pair had moved to Nashville and began embedding themselves in the music industry. She found an early champion in Ernest Tubb, who gave away his spot one night on the Grand Ole Opry to Loretta Lynn to allow her to make her debut. She then became a mainstay on Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree that broadcast from the Ernest Tubb Record Shop after the Opry on Saturday nights where Lynn slowly morphed into a star.
She found another champion in Patsy Cline, who despite the few opportunities for women in country music at the time, did not see Loretta Lynn as competition, but as a sister. Loretta Lynn had many “moments” while performing on the Midnite Jamboree, but none may have been bigger than when she sang Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces,” and dedicated it to Patsy who was laying in a hospital bed after a car accident on June 14, 1961.
Loretta was still an up-and-comer, and Cline was an established star. Many people heard the performance on the Midnite Jamboree, and it struck a chord with them. One of them was Patsy Cline herself, who sent her husband Charlie to get Loretta and bring her to the hospital. At first Loretta was worried Patsy would be angry for singing her song. But it was the beginning of a sincere friendship.
It was Loretta Lynn’s assertive songs of strong womanhood that separated her from the rest of country music performers. Passionate, principled, and sometimes outright mean, she gave a voice to all of the women of rural America, and the men who loved them for their dogged and rugged determination and feisty nature. Sometimes it was even a little too feisty for traditional country radio, and certain Loretta Lynn songs were banned from being broadcast in some instances.
But other songs have gone on to set the standard of what country music is within the country music canon. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Fist City,” “One’s on the Way,” “Rated X.” During an otherwise repressed era for rural culture in America, Loretta Lynn waled right up to lines, and even dared to cross them upon occasion. What gave her cover was that she was always singing the undeniable truth. And even though some over the years have attempted to politicize her career due to songs like “The Pill,” which was a Top 5 hit despite the controversy it sowed, the only side Loretta Lynn ever took was for women, and for country music.
When she sang “You’re Looking at Country” in 1971, she meant every word. Unlike some other women from country music’s past, present, and future, Loretta Lynn never strayed from her stern country roots, or attempted to cross over into pop. She was one of the genre’s preeminent gatekeepers herself. She won the 1972 CMA Entertainer of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year in ’72 and ’73.
Loretta Lynn also found great success as a duet partner, especially with Conway Twitty, which resulted in one of the most legendary and successful pairings in country music history. Though Conway was a hitmaker, he was also seen as a gimmick by some in country music. Loretta Lynn’s presence legitimized Conway, and resulted in his only CMA Awards. The CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year award was basically built for the pair, and they won it every year between 1972 and 1975.
Later in life when country music had mostly moved on from the music of classic country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Jack White stepped up to revitalize Lynn’s career in their collaborative album Van Lear Rose in 2004, presenting the music of Loretta Lynn to an entirely new audience, and generation. It won two Grammy Awards, and was nominated for three more. Loretta won three Grammy Awards in total, and was nominated for 18.
Even with the hard life she lived, the country music community was graced with Loretta Lynn’s presence all the way into her 90th year, where she became not just one of the most venerated artists in the history of country music, but one of the oldest living links to the music’s Golden Era past. Most country music fans, Americans, and Loretta Lynn fans from around the globe do not know a world without Loretta Lynn. And luckily, due to her legacy being so indelible and ironclad through her influence and the timeless nature of her music, they never will.
But the mortal being known as Loretta Lynn, she has ceased to be present with the rest of us here in life. It is the end of an era, and the end of one of the most important lives to ever grace the pages of country music’s continuing legacy. Tuesday, October 4th is the day that Loretta Lynn died, today, and forever.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:15 am
It’s a day we all know comes sometime, but it still hurts so bad. I’d argue she’s the greatest and most important female country singer of all time. Rest In Peace, Loretta.
October 6, 2022 @ 7:24 am
Just trying to recall who did the classic song with the “Hurt So Bad” title and whether there was a country version of that song. Could have even imagined Loretta covering it come to think about it.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:17 am
What a woman.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:18 am
One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time and a musical hero to many. We will miss you Loretta.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:19 am
Beautifully written Trigger, so sad. What a legacy she leaves behind.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:21 am
My heart is broken. My grandma introduced her music to me and I have sung it all of my life. I found in her a woman of strength and simplicity. I hope she’s singing with Patsy right now. May she rest in peace. Sweet, sweet lady.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:31 am
Heartbroken…..RIP Coal Miner’s Daughter.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:32 am
Queen Loretta led an extraordinary life. Thankfully, she took us along for the ride. What a wonderful example of what you can accomplish from such humble beginnings.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:33 am
She was a great women. Rest in peace Mrs.Loretta Lynn.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:46 am
May God bless the Coal Miner’s Daughter. Godspeed on angel’s wings!
October 4, 2022 @ 8:54 am
RIP Loretta, you will be missed, to one of the greatest singers of all time, you will never be forgotten.
October 4, 2022 @ 12:35 pm
Random thoughts on this:
Heard an ABC news radio report on this today, of all the songs to mention, they bring up ” The Pill”. Yes, it was an edgy controversial song at the time, but nowhere near as impactful as Coal Miners Daughter, You Ain’t Woman Enough, Fist City or Your Sqaw is on the Warpath or Dont Come home a Drinkin. Man, the media is sooo predictable. Surprised they didn’t mention rated x.
If you want to get to know Lorettas legacy in a meaningful way, by all means go to her ranch at Hurricane Mills. It’s an hour drive from Nashville and worth it. Do the following: tour her house, tour the museum, and tour the cabin used in Coal Miners Daughter. All there, and your mind will be blown, much to see and do. Spend a day there. You can camp, or stay in a cabin, fish, swim in the creek, ride trails. Pretty cool place. You will thank me. I’m assuming the family will continue to run the place.
I can only imagine the coming tributes we are gonna see. Gonna be something. She’s bedrock on the Mt Rushmore of Country Music.
Somebody here mentioned Sweet Thang, I heavily recommend both albums she did with Ernest Tubb. Absolute killer honky- tonk. Must listens.
October 4, 2022 @ 10:55 pm
You’re just looking for slights and beating a straw man of your own creation. Loretta Lynn’s death was greeted with glowng remembrances and obituaries in the prominent mainstream media–ABC, CBS, NBC, a long obit AND a separate remembrance in the NYT–and ALL of them mentioned “Coal Miner’s Daughter” most prominently, and none of them focused on “The Pill” any more than Trig did in his obituary here.
October 5, 2022 @ 6:29 am
Hey Lucky! Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I heard a 45 to 60 sec ABC affiliate radio news summary on Loretta yesterday. Thought it was funny that in attempting to summarize her life and cultural relevance in 60 seconds, they spent a third of that time yakking about ” The Pill”, as if that was somehow the thing she’s most remembered for. I can honestly tell you that of all the years of going to country shows, bars, honky tonks, acoustic open nights, dance halls etc, by far the most played and requested Loretta songs are as follows: Coal Miners Daughter, You Ain’t Woman Enough, Don’t Come home a Drinkin. After that maybe Fist City, Your Lookin at Country, as well as the Conway duets. That’s what she’s remembered for. I’ve never ever heard a country fan request ” The Pill.” (For the record, I’ve never had any issue with that song, it doesn’t offend me in the slightest.) But, thinking about it, it did occur to me that most documentarys made on country music, including Ken Burns, love to bring that song up as an exhibit. Music journalists in particular love that song for some very specific reasons. So, yeah in my opinion media can be very predictable.
As to your point that you are watching/ reading news coverage of Lorettas death that doesn’t bring this up, well you may be right. The more in depth pieces are probably doing a decent job with her story. Understand that in this age, where every line of every comment made on social media is heavily scrutinized by the rabid PC police, I figured my use of hyperbole here would no doubt incur the ire and wrath of a few, and that’s all well and good. Hey, I shared an observation that made me laugh. Feel free to disagree, it really doesn’t matter to me either way. Cheers brother!
(Meanwhile, I’m gonna spin some Loretta music and remember her fine legacy.)
October 5, 2022 @ 7:20 am
You’re both a little right, and both a little wrong.
I have been deeply monitoring the coverage of Loretta Lynn’s death. Overall, I think it has been very fair, accurate, and balanced from most major outlets. Yes, “The Pill” has been referenced, but it probably should. That’s why I mentioned it. I was part of Loretta Lynn’s career, and deserved mention.
But there have also been some outlets that have centered their coverage right on top of that. This is coming from the usual political apparatchiks who see this as an opportunity to push an agenda.
The Washington Post’s Headline is “Loretta Lynn’s ‘The Pill’ Changed Country Music.”
TIME’s is “Country Radio Still Won’t Play Loretta Lynn’s ‘The Pill’.”
So there has definitely been media coverage that has led with ‘The Pill” as the most important thing that happened in Loretta Lynn’s career.
October 5, 2022 @ 11:20 am
The NYT has 4 separate articles posted following Loretta Lynn’s death:
A STRAIGHT OBITUARY refrencing her whole life, headlined and sub-headed:
Loretta Lynn, Country Music Star and Symbol of Rural Resilience, Dies at 90
Her powerful voice, playful lyrics and topical songs were a model for generations of country singers and songwriters. So was her life story.
AN APPRAISAL by long time music writer By Jon Pareles:
Loretta Lynn Didn’t Pretty Things Up
The country star sang about desire, cheating, heartache and righteous revenge in three-minute vignettes that depicted lives she knew and understood.
An essay by the man who literally wrote the book on Lynn:
‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’: Bringing Loretta Lynn’s Story to Life
The 1976 book (and its 1980 film adaptation) helped the world see the country star’s remarkable resilience. The writer who worked by her side remembers his one-of-a-kind collaborator.
By George Vecsey
George Vecsey, a former sports columnist and reporter for The New York Times who covered religion and Appalachia among his other beats, co-wrote “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Loretta Lynn.
A quirky Guest Essay by an intellectual:
Loretta Lynn Could Convince Me of Anything
By Hanif Abdurraqib
Mr. Abdurraqib is a poet, an essayist and a cultural critic.
Hey, the NYT’s politics, which they push pretty hard, are way to the left of mine. The reason that I continue to subscribe is that they still do in-depth work on a wide variety of subjects.
The Washington Post also posted several articles. The one about “The Pill” was a companion piece to their main obituary. I don’ subscribe to the Wash Post and they have a paywall, so I have not read them.
My point is that the mainstream media is giving more coverage to the death of Loretta Lynn than anyone here would have ever expected and it’s been entirely laudatory and respectful.
Loretta’s song, “The Pill” was a cultural touchstone and is certainly worth being remembered amid the coverage.
October 5, 2022 @ 12:06 pm
Again, I’ve been generally happy with the press coverage on Loretta Lynn’s death, and agree that “The Pill” is being put in its proper context in most coverage. I don’t think it’s “more coverage to the death of Loretta Lynn than anyone here would have ever expected.” This is a big one, and I would be surprised if it was NOT being covered this extensively.
But again, I am definitely seeing a segment of the media that is centering their Loretta Lynn coverage solely around “The Pill,” and just in the last couple of hours, two more have popped up.
So even though generally speaking, the media has been more balanced, there is DEFINITELY an echo-chambered narrative built around “The Pill” being utilized by some journalists for moral preening.
October 4, 2022 @ 8:54 am
Sad day. Prayers to her family. RIP Loretta.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:02 am
RIP to the queen.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:05 am
Beautiful tribute to an artist whose importance can not be overstated.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:05 am
She was an American icon. Very sad day for both Country Music & America.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:05 am
My husband and I met her after a show. A gem of a human being. She couldn’t have been sweeter. I will never forget her looking at us and saying, “I always say never let a good man go because there’s so darn few of em. So you boys be good to each other.”
There will never be another like her. “Van Lear Rose” is such an all time classic. I’ve been listening to it all morning since the news broke.
RIP my queen.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:06 am
An Icon has left us but her songs endure forever.
Southern Man, Country Fan, and Stuck Somewhere Else
October 4, 2022 @ 9:10 am
Oh, man! This one really hurts, and this man has a tear in his eye. Of course, I knew that the day Loretta left this life would eventually come, as death comes for all of us… but from my earliest childhood memories, her iconic, and yet down-home, very relatable, presence has always been there… and now, she’s in eternity. She was one bad-ass women, and I loved her, and I’m really going to miss her. Loretta, thank you so much for all that you gave to country music and its fans, and to the world. I look forward to meeting you in Heaven, sister! <3
October 4, 2022 @ 9:26 am
The fact that Lorretta Lynn didnt chase the trends with the intent of being a “pop star” that alone puts her in another class apart from the female artists who use the country genre as a means for commercial success.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:29 am
I swear on my father’s grave, I woke up this morning, and the first thought that popped into my head while putting on my shoes was that it has been rather quiet on the Loretta Lynn front, and it may be time to get something prepared. The truth is, some, if not most of the obituaries you will read about Loretta Lynn today were written months, sometimes years ago. This is just the way the big news outlets and wire services work. Everyone wants to be first, and have something prepared. I’ve never done this. I’d rather be feeling the raw emotions of the news while I type, and be a little late, than just regurgitate biographical information. It can also result in some typos and stuff as additions and revisions are done, and I apologize for that. But I hope I did Loretta’s life some modicum of justice. There will be more to come later, and I’m sure in the days and weeks ahead. But for now I’m gonna go for a walk and let it all sink in. Thanks for reading.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:49 am
Yeah I saw a CNN link someone tweeted and the headline said “…Dies at 90” but the address had “diesatxx.html” or something like that. As long as they make sure no one can post them by accident it’s no big deal. I do appreciate your honest reaction though. It’s a fitting tribute so thanks.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:51 am
While I am not always in agreement with you, which is the beauty, I think it’s awesome what you wrote. Keep on what you’re doing and I will keep reading, multiple times a day.
October 4, 2022 @ 10:35 am
I first saw this on William Michael Morgan’s FB page. I had to Google it as soon as I saw it. Godspeed Loretta
October 4, 2022 @ 12:20 pm
Interesting. Is there a reason nothing about Joe Chambers’ (founder of the musicians hall of fame) death was on SCM?
October 4, 2022 @ 12:56 pm
Yes, because I was planning to post something this morning about it, and then Loretta Lynn died. I hope to have something on it soon, but if I had posted it this morning, it would have been buried. It’s all hands on deck here at SCM headquarters. People are complaining, “Where’s a review for the new Nikki Lane and Dropkick Murphys?” I post reviews for them, and people would complain I’m ignoring Hellbound Glory and Ashley McBryde. You post about Joe Chabers, and people wonder why you only posted one article about Loretta Lynn when her death is historic. I put 70+ hrs a week into this website and do the best I can.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:43 am
What an amazing life story and talented woman!
Another one of the greats leave us behind.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:44 am
That closing, Trigger! Actually, this whole tribute is beautifully written.
Some of my earliest memories are of me singing along as a child to her LP’s. “I Wanna Be Free” was and is a favorite. Her rendition of “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” still gives me chills.
I kind of felt like she was the Energizer Bunny- she’d just keep going… Much like Charley Pride’s death, this one has me in tears.
RIP, Miss Loretta!
October 4, 2022 @ 9:49 am
RIP to a legend. Playing Loretta all day in her memory. Hope her & Conway will be singing “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” tonight.
October 4, 2022 @ 10:57 am
Not to mention Ernest Tubb on “Sweet Thang”, catching up with Doyle and Teddy Wilburn, Patsy, and of course, talking shop with Owen Bradley.
October 4, 2022 @ 9:51 am
Beautiful remembrance article Trig. Always was a big fan of hers (how could you not be). One of the coolest things I found out this past year was my grandfather opened several shows for her back in the day and seeing the pic of them together is something I’ll always cherish.
The other Rusty
October 4, 2022 @ 10:03 am
During the Ken Burns documentary about Country music, there was a segment where some other country performer was being interviewed at a supposed “country” radio station, and the discussion turned to how Loretta Lynn had just received some award. So the performer said to the DJ, “Hey, you should play a Loretta Lynn song.” But the DJ answered, “We can’t play any Loretta Lynn, she’s not on our playlist.” What!? Any radio station that purports to play country music but won’t play Loretta Lynn should NEVER say they are a “country” station. (There ought to be a law about that!)
I have toyed with the idea of using the framework of Loretta’s “You’re Looking at Country” song to sing about modern so-called country music stations. I would call that new tune “You Ain’t Listening to Country!”
Well, at least I can play my old Loretta Lynn recordings in her memory, just “as soon as I hang up the phone.”
October 4, 2022 @ 10:07 am
“But I hope I did Loretta’s life some modicum of justice.”
October 4, 2022 @ 10:08 am
What is there to say? She was the strong woman’s voice in country music for a long time and an inspiration to generations. Put on those old records and listen to how honest, raw, and real she was.
We’ll be hearing from Loretta for a long time yet.
October 5, 2022 @ 6:45 am
If I recall correctly, I think Loretta recorded a hundred songs (or more?) in anticipation of releasing ‘new’ albums over the next decade. I hope we get to hear those recordings as I’m certain it’s a treasure chest of new originals and re-interpreted folk and country classics.
October 4, 2022 @ 10:09 am
There are no words that can adequately convey how important she was – but you have come very close.
She is the most influential and important woman in Country Music history, and one of the most important and influential women in ALL of music period. She is one of the greatest songwriters (male or female) ever. Huge loss for us all.
October 4, 2022 @ 10:28 am
She was woman enough.
October 4, 2022 @ 10:43 am
I had MSNBC on in the morning on low volume and noticed some of video footage running showing Loretta Lynn. I had no idea why. I did a sort of double-take and looked at the TV screen and saw “Loretta Lynn 1932-2022.”
Like with the other lady known as the Queen, who died in Balmoral Castle, Scotland four weeks ago, you just don’t see it coming. R.I.P.
October 4, 2022 @ 11:05 am
I wonder if Doo was waiting for her, with a gentle outstretched hand & a smile – saying, Welcome home, Loretta
October 4, 2022 @ 11:43 am
“Loretta Lynn’s Lincoln” is one of my favorite Josh Turner songs.
Loretta is one of the all time legends.
October 4, 2022 @ 1:09 pm
Incredibly sad news. One of the true legends and greats of country music. Condolences to her family. RIP.
October 4, 2022 @ 1:09 pm
This is a sad day.😢 Thanks for the music, the performances, & the laughs. R.I.P. Loretta Lynn you truly belong with the likes of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette & so many more that I don’t have time to mention country music will never be the same without you.
October 4, 2022 @ 1:16 pm
Talk about a life that could make a movie. Wouldn’t need to add anythying.
October 4, 2022 @ 1:26 pm
A true legend, what a loss for country music. She was an icon, one of the greatest in the genre, and a Trump supporter too. Will be missed dearly. RIP Loretta Lynn
October 4, 2022 @ 1:43 pm
On a brighter note, The Panhandlers have a new EP. Dang I love to listen to them.
October 4, 2022 @ 2:10 pm
Thanks for the for the article Trigger, good as usual.
I saw Loretta Lynn in Gothenburg at the end of the 70s.
I was 22 and I thought she was the most beautiful women in the world.
Later I find out she was 6 years older than my parents…
She was, and is still one of my favorite singer. Her voice and her singing skills was outstanding and she was also a wonderful songwriter.
I will miss you Loretta, and I will listening to you, and I will love you, for the rest of my days
Rest In Peace
Rickie Jon Connors
October 4, 2022 @ 2:15 pm
What a life, what an artist. What’s remarkable to me is how well the quality of her songwriting holds up 50 or 60 years on. That would be so even if there wasn’t so much dreck these days. God bless.
Rickie Jon Connors
October 4, 2022 @ 2:16 pm
*50 or 60 years on
October 4, 2022 @ 2:22 pm
Loretta was right up there with all the other greats as a huge figure in Country Music history.
Her life, her music, her legacy will live on.
God bless you Loretta for a life so well lived. And for touching us with your music.
David: The Duke of Everything
October 4, 2022 @ 2:52 pm
Just got home from work, opened up the app and saw this. Very sad. I didn’t know her, never met her, and while I liked her music, I was never a huge fan but I still feel an immense sadness. Kind of like you said, she’s been ever present in this world and my life through songs and fame for as long as I’ve been on this earth. She was a person I always loved to hear talk about anything really. Your write up was spot on. As I am writing this now, shedding some emotion as I go, I know I will miss her forever. Rest in peace Loretta. You have been loved and will be missed.
October 4, 2022 @ 3:23 pm
Thanks for a lovely tribute, Trigger.
There’s not much I can add – I was a fan and I will miss her.
King Honky Of Crackershire
October 4, 2022 @ 3:45 pm
She was a dandy. It sucks that you Me-Too’d her obituary. What a doofus.
October 4, 2022 @ 6:38 pm
Man have you got problems
King Honky Of Crackershire
October 4, 2022 @ 7:02 pm
October 4, 2022 @ 3:50 pm
Thanks Trig, you’re obituaries are always the best.
Thank you, Loretta for a life well lived!
October 4, 2022 @ 3:58 pm
She seemed as someone who is always full of life and spunk. A force of nature. Gospeed, Honky Tonk Girl.
There will never be another Loretta, but my sense, from her most recent album, is that Angel Olsen is someone who could continue in her tracks if she put her heart and soul into it.
October 4, 2022 @ 4:22 pm
On Sunday I went to the memorial service for Jack Roberts, a pioneer of country music in Seattle starting in the 1950’s, he had the local Jamboree show on TV up here all through the 60’s and also ran his band and promoted shows by all the great including of course Loretta Lynn. He was a radio DJ when she was first starting out so it is safe to say he probably was one of the first to start playing her music on the air. RIP Loretta!
October 4, 2022 @ 5:07 pm
My dad served 2 tours in Vietnam. He had a little portable tape player with him. He took 4 or 5 cassettes with him, and the only that made it back with him was Loretta’s Blue Kentucky Girl. I still have that tape. Years later, before he passed away, I was able to take him to see her a couple of times (that’s Miss Loretta, son) in concert. Cherished memories. RIP Miss Loretta.
October 4, 2022 @ 6:25 pm
So awesome that you were able to take your Dad to see Miss Loretta.
She obviously meant a lot to him.
October 4, 2022 @ 5:28 pm
Time to go home a drinking with Loretta on my mind. Damn…. RIP to a queen.
October 4, 2022 @ 6:02 pm
The Decca Doll.
(For you youngins’, that’s how Decca Records promoted her back in the day.)
October 4, 2022 @ 8:45 pm
Requiescat in pace, Loretta Lynn: The Queen of Country Music. I hope Carly Pearce got to meet her.
Northern City Boy
October 4, 2022 @ 9:23 pm
She’ll forever now have the exact same anniversary of her death as Janis Joplin.
Someone that loved Loretta Lynn since a child
October 4, 2022 @ 9:57 pm
Loretta Lynn,I love and miss you so much already. I grew up with you too from the time i can remember and I lost my parents and you was there singing and it brought me through.I don’t know what the world is going to do without an angel like you.Just the thought of it makes me cry.You were so true to yourself and the world and you grew up poor like most of us but you never forgot where you came from.You are so dearly missed.
October 4, 2022 @ 10:26 pm
Country music legend Bill Anderson reacts to Loretta Lynn’s death ( RIP ).
October 5, 2022 @ 10:26 am
Thank you. That was so touching. If you aren’t shedding a tear or two at the end, there’s something missing from your soul.
Bill’s hurt is so real. We’ve lost someone we admire. He lost a good friend, and as he said, so many of his era are gone now.
October 5, 2022 @ 1:17 am
My parents and I traveled from Oklahoma to Nashville in the 60’s and one of the things we did was go watch a couple of tapings of the Wilburn Brothers TV show. Loretta was the “girl singer”, and in between shows she was visiting with those in the audience. Being about 10 years old, I asked if I could have my picture taken with her. She said “Why sure, honey, come on over here, I would be happy to do that”. I was on Cloud 9!
I have cherished that memory my entire life, that of a totallly genuine and REAL person. Rest well, Loretta.
October 5, 2022 @ 1:54 am
the “real” queen is dead. R.I.P. LEGEND
October 5, 2022 @ 4:39 am
October 5, 2022 @ 7:25 am
From the auto worker’s son-Yours Truly-RIP to The Coal Miner’s Daughter,Ms. Loretta Lynn,greatest female Country singer EVER !!!
October 5, 2022 @ 8:19 am
My hero. RIP
October 6, 2022 @ 9:33 pm
Loretta has to be acknowledged as one of the ten greatest stars ever in country music, maybe even top five. This woman was beyond a legend, she was the country equivalent of a Streisand and Franklin in terms of what she did for country music.
What most saddens me is we will never hear “Coal Miner’s Daughter” ever sung again with such heart and soul. After all, it was much more than a hit for Loretta, it was her life. RIP, Decca doll.
October 8, 2022 @ 6:15 pm
I went to a southern restaurant in Richmond, Va a few years ago where the drink menu was drinks all named after songs from a Loretta album (Fist City, maybe?). To me it was such a great acknowledgment of her artistic/etc greatness.
And yes she does belong in the conversation with all the other greats.
Also, the fact that Loretta Lynn stopped recording her own songs at her peak, for what I understand to be legal/business reasons, is perhaps the great “what could have been” of country music. She still won artist of the decade, but man. What a loss.
October 8, 2022 @ 6:07 pm
My introduction to Loretta Lynn was the movie. Sissy Spacek is from my hometown (I’ve met her, she’s lovely).
I consider myself so lucky to have seen Loretta Lynn in concert 8 times between roughly 2003-2013. It’s the most I’ve ever seen an artist.
My favorite part was when she did (if she was up to it) a capella “Where No One Stands Alone”. I loved hearing “Here I Am Again”.
Or her sons “problematic” golf joke.
Denise A Schofield
October 9, 2022 @ 11:46 pm
Can you please play live me on by Loretta Lynn please thank you and I truly miss her so much I want to cry but I can not