In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Country music was dominated by male performers. Then, amongst the baritones, a handful of women burst onto the scene. And they had something to say. Among the likes of Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline stood Loretta Lynn.
Lynn was (and still is) Country music’s very own Rosie The Riveter. She stood on her own two feet. She railed against cheating men and swung back at fist-swinging husbands. Lynn was no stranger to award shows. Perhaps most notable was when she won the CMA award for Duo of the Year five years in a row (1972-1976) for her duets with Conway Twitty.
Lynn is most often linked to the 1970 biographical song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which was turned into a successful 1980 movie about her life.
the late ‘80s, Lynn disappeared from the spotlight to care for her
ailing husband, Oliver Lynn. Eight years after his death and more
than 20 since she last cracked the Top 10, Loretta Lynn entered the
studio again. The autobiographical album, Van
released in 2004, earned global praise for both Lynn and producer
Jack White (The White Stripes, Dead Weather).
77, Lynn continues to tour regularly, performing for fans young and
old. And she seems as popular as ever — Lynn’s appearance at
Florence, Ind., casino Belterra is sold out.
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