What Was Loretta Lynn's Family Life Like?


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Loretta Lynn was born Loretta Webb in April 1932. She is one of eight children and lived in a one-room cabin with her family in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, until the age of 11. Her father was a coal miner, as described in both her song and autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter."

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What Was Loretta Lynn's Family Life Like?
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Loretta married Oliver Lynn, also known as "Mooney" or "Doolittle," at the age of 14. They had four children by the time she was 20 years old and would eventually have two more. The Lynn's moved to Washington in 1951 to find work. Loretta worked as a farmhouse cook for ranch hands before her husband urged her to pursue music seriously. She and her husband traveled the country together in 1959 to promote her first album and gain radio attention. In her autobiography, Loretta revealed a difficult relationship with her husband. She spent much of the 1990s caring for him until he died in 1996 from diabetes complications.

Loretta Lynn is best known for writing and singing songs about the complexities of working-class women's lives. Her songs cover subjects ranging from household chores to cooking, love and even divorce. According to LorettaLynn.com, she has had 52 top ten hits and 16 No. 1 chart singles. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. As of 2015, the last album she recorded in 2004 was titled "Van Lear Rose," and was produced by Jack White of the White Stripes.

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