Country music fans were left heartbroken this week after learning that singing legend Loretta Lynn had died at the age of 90.
According to The Washington Times, the musician’s family released a statement that read, “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.”
The family’s statement then went on to ask for privacy while indicating that a memorial for Lynn which will be made public at some point in the future.
The Times noted that Lynn was a pioneer among female country performers, becoming the first woman ever named artist of the year by both the Country Music Association as well as the Academy of Country Music.
“It was what I wanted to hear and what I knew other women wanted to hear, too,” the Times quoted Lynn as telling Associated Press in a 2016 interview. “I didn’t write for the men; I wrote for us women. And the men loved it, too.”
Singing since birth
“I was singing when I was born, I think,” Lynn recalled. “Daddy used to come out on the porch where I would be singing and rocking the babies to sleep.”
“He’d say, ‘Loretta, shut that big mouth. People all over this holler can hear you.’ And I said, ‘Daddy, what difference does it make? They are all my cousins,'” she said.
Lynn was perhaps most famous for her hit song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which recalled her father’s profession while growing up in the hills of rural Kentucky.
“We were poor but we had love/That’s the one thing Daddy made sure of/He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar,” Lynn sang.
Lynn praised by fellow musicians
Tributes to Lynn were posted to social media following news of her death, with fellow country star Barbara Mandrell tweeting, “Loretta Lynn contributed enormously to the world of Country Music. All of us adored and loved her.”
Singer Tanya Tucker spoke up as well, expressing gratitude for the “guidance” that Lynn offered over the course of her career.
My hero @LorettaLynn got her wings & it’s been a day filled with 😭. Thnking God above for blessing me w/ her music & guidance through the music world. I looked up 2 her always. We became bffs, she brought me 🌹 always and I brought 🌹 to her. Even named a 🐴 after her! ❤️ U4ever pic.twitter.com/KNG1nM3FNf
— Tanya Tucker (@tanyatucker) October 5, 2022