Coal Miner’s Daughter: Loretta Lynn

The first lady of country music. This 76 year young music legend is, in my opinion, the best country music singer of all time. She recently underwent surgery for a torn cartilage in her knee and had to post pone some of her concerts which will be rescheduled. In 2011 she released a compilation album called, “Icon,” and in 2010 released a tribute album called, “Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.”

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Loretta Lynn has sold over 5 million records. She signed her first recording contract with Decca in 1961 and she hasn’t stopped since. Loretta Lynn is one of a kind and a real asset to country music.

Born on April 14, 1934 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Loretta Webb married Doolittle Lynn in January of 1948 just before her 14th birthday. They moved to Washington state because Mooney thought he could find better work. He didn’t want to work in the coal mines. By the time Loretta was 18, they had four children. They moved to Nashville in 1960 where Loretta started to record some songs and she became friends with Patsy Cline. The rest is history.

In 1976 Loretta had her first autobiography published called, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” In 1980 the film version was released with Tommy Lee Jones playing Mooney Lynn and Sissy Spacek playing Loretta.

Loretta spent most of the 1990’s caring for her husband Doolittle. He died in 1996.

You can visit Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee where she is scheduled to have a concert on May 28, 2011. The ranch has a replica of her childhood home in Butcher Hollow, and also a Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum. There are campground facilities there that open up in April. There are gift shops at the ranch and you can take a one hour guided tour of her plantation home as well.

Loretta has an amazing 26 concerts planned for 2011. She also has 2 television appearances scheduled. One on March 27, 2011 at 8 PM on RFDTV and another appearance on April 5, 2011 on HBOF. The show is called Happily Ever After: The Three Little Pigs and that show is at 7 AM.

One thing can be said about Loretta Lynn, she doesn’t let her fans down. Her fans come first with her and they always will. Loretta Lynn is and always will be my favorite singer of all time.