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Loretta Lynn: 1932-2022

Loretta Lynn: 1932-2022

Nashville, 1962. Portrait by Walden S. Fabry. Annenberg Space for Photography. View full size.

Loretta Lynn, Country Music's
'Coal Miner's Daughter,' Is Dead at 90

        NASHVILLE, Oct. 4 -- Loretta Lynn, the singer who rose from a hardscrabble upbringing to become the most significant female artist in country music history, died today at her home in Hurricane Mills. She was 90. -- Nashville Tennessean

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Pretty woman

A golden voice. A beautiful woman. A long life.

Honky tonk girl from Butcher Hollow

One of the all-time greats.

My First Taste Of Country

She was my first taste of real country music at its finest.

My father-in-law hailed from Hazzard County in Kentucky and was a big fan, as was my mother-in-law and my wife. When I first heard Coal Miner's Daughter I felt the wave of reality in both the song and the singer.

This transplanted Englishman got to love her voice and the reality of her emotive singing. Loretta never held back the whole gamut of emotions when singing a song.

A true star for any genre.

Down Home & Homemade

The dress in this portrait is homemade, and that is a lovely thing. Given how many new and upcoming performers' images are slickly groomed and managed from the get-go, this dress seems a bit emblematic of an era, and illustrates Doug Floor Plan's comment.

And there is a new star in Heaven

As I commented about Althea Gibson, we never know where genius is going to come from. Loretta Lynn's journey to success and her longevity at the top are unlikely to be repeated today.

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