I get along with all the women singers, but especially Dolly Parton. We talk the same hillbilly language.
It’s safe to say I wouldn’t even be making country music today if it weren’t for Loretta Lynn. She showed me what it looked like to be a musician and a mama. Her writing was as real as the day is long. This one hurts on another level. I’ll miss her forever.
~Singer-songwriter Margo Price on the passing of Loretta Lynn
When Loretta Lynn died on October 4, 2022, Kentucky, Appalachia, and the world lost a country music icon unlike any other. She was a ground-breaking, trail-blazing singer-songwriter who broke from her role as The Wilburn Brothers’ “girl singer” to become one of the most celebrated country music stars ever. During the course of her six decades-long recording and touring career, she won three Grammys, seven American Music Awards, 13 Academy of Country Music Awards, and eight Country Music Association Awards.
She penned more than 160 songs and released over 60 albums. She cut 24 number one hit singles and 11 number one albums.
Loretta Lynn was the first woman in country music to:
receive a certified gold album (1967's Don't Come Home a' Drinkin')
be named “Entertainer of the Year” (1972 CMA)
be named “Artist of the Decade” for the 1970s (ACM)
receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1977)
She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She received the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2003 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2013.
And, of course, it goes without saying that we think Coal Miner’s Daughter is one of the most important pieces of art created in the 20th century—both the song and the film.
In this great loss, the one thing we have to keep us company is Loretta Lynn's music, of course. Below are several live renditions of some of her most famous hits. Long may her music and legacy live on.