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Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn is one of the classic country singers. During the '60s and '70s, she ruled the charts, racking up over 70 hits as a solo artist and a duet partner. Lynn helped forge the way for strong, independent women in country music. As told by her song (and movie and book), Loretta Lynn is a coal miner's daughter, born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky in 1932. As a child, she sang in church and at a variety of local concerts. In January 1949, she married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn. She was 13 years old at the time. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Custer, Washington, where they raised four children.

After a decade of motherhood, Lynn began performing her own songs in local clubs, backed by a band led by her brother, Jay Lee Webb. In 1960, she signed a contract with Zero Records, which released her debut single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." The honky tonk ballad became a hit thanks to the insistent, independent promotion of Lynn and her husband. The pair would drive from one radio station to the next, getting the DJs to play her single, and sent out thousands of copies to stations. All of the effort paid off -- the single reached number 14 on the charts and attracted the attention of the Wilburn Brothers. The Wilburns hired Lynn to tour with them in 1960 and advised her to relocate to Nashville. She followed their advice and moved to the city in late 1960. After she arrived, she signed with Decca Records, and would work with Owen Bradley, who had produced Patsy Cline.

Lynn released her first Decca single, "Success," in 1962 and it went straight to number six, beginning a string of Top Ten singles that would run to the end of the decade and throughout the next. She was a hard honky tonk singer for the first half of the '60s, and rarely strayed from the genre. Although she still worked within the confines of honky tonk in the latter half of the decade, her sound became more personal, varied, and ambitious, particularly lyrically. Beginning with 1966's number two hit "You Ain't Woman Enough," Lynn began writing songs that had a feminist viewpoint, which was unheard of in country music. Her lyrical stance became more autobiographical and realistic as time wore on, highlighted by such hits as "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" (1966), "Your Squaw Is on the Warpath" (1968), "Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone)" (1969), and a tune about birth control called "The Pill" (1974).

Between 1966 and 1970, Lynn racked up 13 Top Ten hits, including four number one hits -- "Don't Come Home a Drinkin'," "Fist City" (1968), "Woman of the World," and the autobiographical "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1970). In 1971, she began a professional partnership with Conway Twitty. As a duo, Lynn and Twitty had five consecutive number one hits between 1971 and 1975: "After the Fire Is Gone" (1971), "Lead Me On" (1971), "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (1973), "As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone" (1974), and "Feelins'" (1974). The hit streak kick-started what would become one of the most successful duos in country history. For four consecutive years (1972-1975), Lynn and Twitty were named Vocal Duo of the Year by the Country Music Association. In addition to their five number one singles, they had seven other Top Ten hits between 1976 and 1981.

Lynn published her autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, in the mid-'70s. In 1980, the book was adapted for the screen, with Sissy Spacek as Loretta. It was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful films of the year, and Spacek won the Academy Award for her performance. All of the attention surrounding the movie made Lynn a household name within the American mainstream. Although she continued to be a popular concert attraction throughout the '80s, she wasn't able to continue her domination of the country charts. "I Lie," her last Top Ten single, arrived in early 1982, while her last Top 40 single, "Heart Don't Do This to Me," was in 1985. In light of her declining record sales, Lynn backed away from recording frequently during the late '80s and '90s, concentrating on performing instead. In 1993, she recorded the Honky Tonk Angels album with Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Still Country was released in mid-2000. In 2004, Lynn teamed up with White Stripes guitarist Jack White and released Van Lear Rose, which was met with both surprise and awe. The album quickly became popular and Lynn embarked on tour to support it. Van Lear Rose won two Grammy Awards, including best country album in 2005.

In 2007, Lynn started recording again, with her daughter Patsy Lynn Reynolds and John Carter Cash acting as producers. Over the next eight years, she recorded hundreds of songs, and these recordings were whittled down to Full Circle, a full-length album released in March of 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Your Squaw Is On The Warpath / Fist City

1. Your Squaw Is On The Warpath

2. Living My Lifetime For You

3. Sneakin' In

4. You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me)

5. Taking The Place Of My Man

6. Kaw-Liga

7. Let Me Go, You're Hurtin' Me

8. Harper Valley P.T.A.

9. I Walk Alone

10. He's Somewhere Between You And Me

11. You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)

12. Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)

13. Fist City

14. Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town

15. You Didn't Like My Lovin'

16. I've Got Texas In My Heart

17. You Never Were Mine

18. Somebody's Back In Town

19. A Satisfied Mind

20. How Long Will It Take

21. I Don't Wanna Play House

22. I'm Shootin' For Tomorrow

23. What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am?)

24. I Know How

25. The One You Need

26. Crazy Out Of My Mind

27. You Wanna Give Me A Lift

28. Wings Upon Your Horns

29. Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone)

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Track List: The Grand Ole Opry: Loretta Lynn

1. Wine, Women And Song

2. When Lonely Hits Your Heart

3. Before I'm Over You

4. Blue Kentucky Girl

5. You Ain't Woman Enough

6. Success

8. What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am?)

9. Happy Birthday

10. The Other Woman

12. We're Not Kids Anymore

13. The Darkest Day

14. The Third Man

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Track List: Loretta Lynn: The Definitive Collection

1. Wine, Women And Song

2. Happy Birthday

3. Blue Kentucky Girl

4. You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)

5. Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)

6. Fist City

7. You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me)

8. Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone)

9. Coal Miner's Daughter

10. After The Fire Is Gone

11. You're Looking At Country

12. Lead Me On

13. One's On The Way

14. Rated X

15. The Pill

16. Love Is The Foundation

17. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

18. As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone

19. Trouble In Paradise

20. When The Tingle Becomes A Chill

21. Feelins'

22. Out Of My Head And Back In My Bed

23. Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)

24. She's Got You

25. I Can't Feel You Anymore

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Track List: Van Lear Rose

1. Van Lear Rose

2. Portland Oregon (feat. Jack White)

3. Trouble On The Line

4. Family Tree

5. Have Mercy On Me

6. Hign On A Mountain

7. Little Red Shoes

8. God Makes No Mistakes

9. Women's Prison

10. This Old House

11. Mrs. Leroy Brown

12. Miss Being Mrs.

13. Story Of My Life

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Track List: The Best Of Loretta Lynn (Volume 2) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

1. Wine, Women And Song

2. Fist City

3. You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me)

4. You're Lookin' At Country

5. As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone (feat. Conway Twitty)

6. When The Tingle Becomes A Chill

7. The Pill

8. Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)

9. Trouble In Paradise

10. I Can't Feel You Anymore

11. Out Of My Head And Back In My Bed

12. I Lie

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Track List: The Best Of Loretta Lynn - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

1. Coal Miner's Daughter

2. You Ain't Woman Enough

3. She's Got You

4. Lead Me On (feat. Conway Twitty)

5. Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'

6. Love Is The Fountain

7. One's On The Way

8. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man (feat. Conway Twitty)

9. I Wanna Be Free

10. Rated X

11. Woman Of The World

12. Blue Kentucky Girl

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Track List: Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection

Disc 1

1. I'm A Honky Tonk Girl

2. Whispering Sea

3. Success

4. Before I'm Over You

5. The Other Woman

6. This Haunted House

7. Wine, Women And Song

8. Mr. And Mrs. Used To Be

9. Happy Birthday

10. Blue Kentucky Girl

11. Our Hearts Are Holding Hands

12. The Home You're Tearin' Down

13. Dear Uncle Sam

14. You Ain't Woman Enough

15. A Man I Hardly Know

16. Talking To The Wall

17. These Boots Are Made For Walking

18. The Darkest Day

19. The Devil Gets His Due

20. The Shoe Goes On The Other Foot Tonight

21. Tomorrow Never Comes

22. If Loneliness Can Kill Me

23. Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)

Disc 2

1. There Goes My Everything

2. If You're Not Gone Too Long

3. What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am?)

4. Who Says God Is Dead!

5. Fist City

6. You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me)

7. Your Squaw Is On The Warpath

8. Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone)

9. LOVE L-O-V-E

10. Who's Gonna Take The Garbage Out

11. Coal Miner's Daughter

12. You Wanna Give Me A Lift

13. Wings Upon Your Horns

14. The One You Need

15. Deep As Your Pocket

16. Crazy Out Of My Mind

17. I Know How

18. After The Fire Is Gone

19. Lead Me On

20. I Wanna Be Free

21. You're Lookin' At Country

22. One's On The Way

23. Rated "X"

Disc 3

1. Back Street Affair

2. Blueberry Hill

3. The Morning After Baby Let Me Down

4. It'll Feel Good After It Quits Hurtin'

5. Here I Am Again

6. The Pill

7. Ain't It Funny

8. Love Is The Foundation

9. As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone

10. What Sundown Does To You

11. Hey Loretta

12. Trouble In Paradise

13. They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore

14. When The Tingle Becomes A Chill

15. The Letter

16. Out Of My Head And Back In My Bed

17. Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)

18. She's Got You

19. Why Can't He Be You

20. I Can't Feel You Anymore

21. You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly

22. I've Got A Picture Of Us On My Mind

23. I Lie

24. Who Was That Stranger

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Track List: Peace In The Valley

1. In The Garden

2. Mama, Why?

3. Ten Thousand Angels

4. I Believe

5. I'd Rather Have Jesus

6. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley

7. Where I Learned To Pray

8. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

9. The Old Rugged Cross

10. Who Says God Is Dead

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Track List: You Ain't Woman Enough

1. You Ain't Woman Enough

2. Put It Off Until Tomorrow

3. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

4. God Gave Me A Heart To Forgive

5. Keep Your Change

6. Someone Before Me

7. The Darkest Day

8. Tippy Toeing

9. Talking To The Wall

10. A Man I Hardly Know

11. Is It Wrong (For Loving You

12. It's Another World

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Track List: Hymns

1. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

2. The Third Man

3. How Great Thou Art

4. Where No One Stands Alone

5. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

6. In The Sweet Bye And Bye

7. Old Camp Meetin' Time

8. When They Ring Those Golden Bells

9. There'll Be Peace In The Valley For Me

10. When I Hear My Children Pray

11. I'd Rather Have Jesus

12. Where I Learned To Pray

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Loretta is a real country music singer. I love her and Conway Twitty songs they sing together.
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I like the oldie music
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Loretta is a beautiful person. Inside and out. I have always loved her as long as I can remember. I was fortunate enough to meet her in the mid 80s at the TN State Museum. She gave me a cassette of an album she had planned to release in a matter of weeks but for some reason she never did. I do wish I still had that cassette- it was good!
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My 80+ year old mother sang Coal Miner's Daughter at karaoke and ended by informing the crowd that she truly is a coal miner's daughter. She received a standing ovation.
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Abeautiful voice, singing with great passion and love of our Lord!
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Beautiful voice, singing a song with passion, a giving a promise. Glory!
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I love the old classic country western music playing
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Great music
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Shes also a very sweet Southern lady who honestly loves her fans
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Mrs. Lynn is the queen of REAL country music
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Where country girl
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Unbelievably outstanding!
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Love this song it's funny
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Wish I was in butcher hollow when she was there, you know I would have tried to steal her heart for myself, love that lady, you see I said lady not women, there is a difference. This is from the Dirty Dog.
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Love this song
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I love coal miners daughter
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Still listening, love her!!!!! Pure from the heart. & the truth!!!!! & pure country!!!!!
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Yes she's great love her these songs bring Alot of good and bad to she's gotten me thru I know that
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I have loved Loretta for over 50 years. I missed her when she couldn't make it to Billy Bobs in Forth Worth, TX and I still can't wait to meet her someday. She reminds me of my mom too.
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Love Lorretta Lynn she is a really good singer and even tho I just moved to the country and wasn't alive when she first started I still like her a lot
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mshipp12
Since the coal miner daughter, I can't stop thinkin' of and love'in My Gal, XO.
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shirleyowens 5 8
Just was listen to Coal Miners Daughter... in walks a friend and says.. That's real country.. listen to the words.. its the heart and soul of this country... its the music with a pioneer spirit... there is nothing finer.. I AGREED WITH HIM.....
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shirleyowens 5 8
Next to Patsy I love Loretta. She was one of the first female country artists that I started listening too. she holds a special place in my heart and in my life. Thank you, Loretta..
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baezjorge
Some people here in the comments talk like Ms. Loretta is dead. She is very much alive and active. Just cause she hasn't had a hit in a long time doesn't mean she isn't still in the business. New music from her is supposed to be out before the end of 2015. The label that she is on now is Sony Legacy.
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melblain.mb
I love this one
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I remember a lot of Loretta Lynn I was born in 1963 I remember mom listen to her up to 1975 she died at 36 years young I miss you
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My favorite!!! Reminds me of my wonderful mom who passed away. Two years Oct 11th. Now she sings from heaven with jesus
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If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again...sadl y , how true. It would mean so much.
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I LOVE Loretta Lynn
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Beautiful rendition of I'd Rather Have Jesus...Amen .
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I love her and all the older music that came out before I was born. I'm from ky so I really love Loretta Lynn
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jac9408
I feel bad for anyone who has never listened to coal miners daughter
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A once in a lifetime singer...abs o l u t e l y great.
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love her so much ! very well missed .RIP angel .....
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What a classic legionary female singer
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Truely my favorite female artist of all time
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Lloret t a lynn sìnging
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Time has changed and with it music. I wish I was alive back than
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my all time favorite female artist, God Bless Her
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LOVIN' me some Tammy.....
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What a great voice. This is what country music should be and sound like.
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One of country music's finest duets. They are pioneers
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Married at 13? Wow, times have changed.
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Temannator said great music for old folks.
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where can I got anita bryan's cd
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Love her
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