Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, as Loretta Webb. Her birthdate is commonly cited as April 14, 1932, but the year is disputed and Loretta Lynn has never publicly confirmed it. She is one of eight children of Clara and Melvin Webb. Loretta grew up in a cabin without electricity or running water in a small coal-mining town. Loretta's sister, Crystal Gayle, is also a singer.
In her teens, Loretta married Oliver Lynn, and the couple had four of their six children by the time Loretta turned 20. Loretta's first guitar was a present from her husband, and he encouraged her to pursue a career in country music. When she signed her first record deal with Zero Records in 1959, her husband accompanied her to different radio stations to get them to play her first single. Loretta Lynn's career took off soon after.
In 1976, following more than a decade of success in country music, Loretta Lynn published her autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter." A film based on the book, and with the same title, was released in 1980.Learn more about Art & Literature