Loretta Lynn was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Loretta was named after actress Loretta Young. She was born to coal miner Melvin Webb and his wife Clara Ramey.
She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn at the age of 15 in 1948. They moved to the state of Washington and she began, to sing while living in Washington. Her sister Crystal Gayle also became a well-known country artist. She was also related on her mother’s side of the family to Patty Loveless.
- Betty Sue Lynn, birth date: November 26, 1948 died July 29, 2013 (age 64)
- Jack Benny Lynn, (1949-12-07)December 7, 1949 died July 22, 1984 (age 34)
- Ernest Ray Lynn, April 12, 1951-
- Clara Marie Lynn (Cissie), April 7, 1952-
- Peggy Jean and Patsy Eileen Lynn (twins; latter named for Patsy Cline), August 6, 1964
Lynn became a grandmother by the age of only 29 and it is hard to believe, but she will be 82 next month.
I was fortunate enough, to see Loretta Lynn in concert at Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana when she and Ernest Tubb were a duo. She was very gracious to me, when I asked for her to autograph one of her greatest hits albums. I was struck by her beauty and dazzled by her blue eyes.
This is more about the album that she autographed for me:
Her husband would die in 1996, which was 48 years after their marriage.
Loretta Lynn had this to say about their marriage: “He never hit me one time that I didn’t hit him back twice”.
The Wilburn Brothers helped her get her a recording contract with Decca Records. However, they also helped themselves, by gaining publishing rights to her material. She fought to have the publishing rights in her name, but when that fail she stopped writing songs in 1970.
Loretta Lynn joined the Grand Ole Opry on September 25, 1962 and has remained a member for the last 52 years.
Loretta Lynn Discography
I’m A Honky Tonk Girl was her debut single in 1960 and it climbed to #14 on the country charts.
Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin (With Loving On Your Mind) would be her first #1 hit I 1966. Fist City would go to #1 in 1968 and Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone) was #1 in 1969.
The 1970’s would see eight more of her songs take the top spot on the country music charts:
1970 – Coal Miner’s Daughter
1971 – One’s On The Way
1972 – Rated X
1973 – Love Is The Foundation
1974 – Trouble In Paradise
1976 – Somebody Somewhere (Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight)
1976 – She’s Got You
1977 – Out Of My Head And Back In My Bed
She has not had another #1 hit since 1977, which encompasses 37 years.
Loretta Lynn – Conway Twitty Studio Albums, Singles
Loretta Lynn would team up with Conway Twitty to release 11 studio albums from 1971-1988. Four of the studio albums would be #1 on country charts.
Five of their singles would chart at the #1 position on the Billboard Country charts.
1971 – After The Fire Is Gone
1971 – Lead Me On
1973 – Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
1974 – As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone
1975 – Feelins
The Coal Miner’s Daughter would be released in 1980 and it told the story of Lynn’s rise to stardom and how she and her husband traveled to radio stations plugging their songs.
Loretta Lynn is 81 today and has been a grandmother for 52 years.
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I really enjoyed reading your blog.
Tommy….Thank you for the kind words. Happy Labor Day!!