Her music career has spanned over 50 years. She has become a beat of country music’s heart and found a place there in many country music fans. She has earned multiple gold albums and received numerous awards—if I tried to name them all my head would spin. She is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall Of Fame. A self-taught guitarist and vocalist, she has played a groundbreaking role in country music by creating the way to make it the old-fashioned way. I speak of none other than the original “queen of country music,” Loretta Lynn.
At the age of 16, Loretta married Oliver Lynn in January 1948. Their life together helped inspire the music she wrote. Her husband, nicknamed “Doolittle,” bought her a $17 Harmony guitar, and she taught herself to play. She soon started a band called “Loretta and the Trailblazers.” She finally cut her first record “Honky Tonk Girl” in 1960.
As an artist who would one day be considered an icon, she first began her Nashville years as a “regular” in the late ‘60s. During this era of change, Lynn charted “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” her first No. 1 song. She went on to chart numerous hits, although country music radio stations often refused to play her music, banning nine of her songs because of the controversy of the lyric content. With her commitment to addressing social issues of the day, Loretta’s success continued.
For decades, Loretta Lynn’s music has touched the lives of many country music fans. In late 2010, a tribute album to Loretta Lynn was released on Sony Music. It was called “Coal Miner’s Daughter” after Lynn’s smash hit song written about her life growing up in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Stars like Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow were featured on the album. The song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” broke the Billboard singles chart, making Lynn the first female country music recording artist to chart records in six decades. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was also a lead single on GAC’s top ten videos with guest vocals by Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert.
The extraordinary career of Loretta Lynn will whisper its echo for years to come and help future generations to understand the magnificent contribution she continues to give to country music. I’m sure the current female stars of country music will agree that Loretta Lynn is the true queen of country music. For more information on Loretta Lynn’s music, visit her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter.