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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 22:  HOF member Loretta Lynn speaks onstage during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Medallion Ceremony to celebrate 2017 hall of fame inductees Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed And Don Schlitz at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum)
The Heart-Wrenching Death Of Loretta Lynn
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Country music legend Loretta Lynn passed away on October 4, 2022, at the age of 90. Lynn, a coal miner's daughter, began pursuing music at the age of 26 when her husband, Oliver "Mooney" Lynn— whom she married at the age of 13 — encouraged her to sing and write songs after gifting her a $17 guitar.
Her first single, 1960’s "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," went to No. 14 on the country charts, and she later signed with Decca Records. Lynn’s first Decca single, 1962's "Success," went straight to No. 6 on the country charts, and she continued recording hits with the label up until 1970.
In 1971, Lynn began a singing partnership with Conway Twitty, and they had five consecutive No. 1 hit songs, which made them one of country music's most popular and successful duos. Lynn was the first woman to be named Country Music Association's entertainer of the year and was awarded the Academy of Country Music's female vocalist of the year three times in four years.
In 1974, the country singer released her bold song "The Pill," an ode to reliable birth control, and it was banned by 60 radio stations — it remains one of Lynn's signature songs. "If I'd had the pill back when I was havin' babies I'd have taken 'em like popcorn. I wouldn't trade my kids for anyone's. But I wouldn't necessarily have had six," said Lynn, who by 1974 had six children.
Lynn published her best-selling autobiography "Coal Miner's Daughter” in 1976, which was later adapted into an acclaimed movie. The country singer stepped away from recording in 1985, until her comeback with her Grammy-winning 2004 album "Van Lear Rose," in collaboration with Jack White of the White Stripes.
As per her website, Lynn has been inducted into more Halls of Fame than any other female recording artist, received the Kennedy Center Honors, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lynn released her last album, "Still Woman Enough," in 2021, which was produced by Lynn's daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.