Celebrity Then And Now
Loretta Lynn
Name: Loretta Lynn
Birthdate: April 14, 1932
Famous Years: 1960-Present
Currently Known For: Continued Country Music Career
Networth: $65 MillionFamous For: You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man), One's on the Way, Coal Miner's Daughter
Loretta Lynn
Name Loretta Lynn
Birthdate April 14, 1932
Famous Years 1960-Present
Currently Known For Continued Country Music Career
Networth $65 Million
Famous For You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man), One's on the Way, Coal Miner's Daughter

Certain names are simply synonymous with country music, with icons such as Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Another one of those names that you can add to the list is Loretta Lynn, whose long career has earned her a slew of nicknames, including the most important one, “The Queen of Country Music.”

Lynn is known for her blue collar tunes, and her background would certainly suggest that they come from a place of sincerity. That’s because Lynn was born on April 14, 1932 in the small town of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, where her father had worked as a coal miner. Lynn had seven other siblings while growing up, and she truly was “The Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Before Lynn had even gotten into singing, she had already been married for nearly a decade. When she was just 15 years old, she married Oliver Lynn, who went by Doolittle. Lynn would end up writing her first song after she taught herself how to play the $17 guitar that her husband had bought her. He had heard her sing and thought she performed beautifully, and that combining a guitar could be a benefit.

Lynn would end up writing her first single “Honky Tonk Girl” despite never having written a song before, and says it only took her 20 minutes. “You know, I just sat down with my guitar,” she said. “It was outside. In fact, I was leaning up against the old toilet out there on the west coast in Washington state...and I sat there and wrote ‘Honky Tonk Girl’ and ‘Whispering Sea’.” She was 24 years old at the time and a mother of four when “Honky Tonk Girl” was released, putting her on the map.

The career change, needless to say, was a welcome one for Lynn. Before being a singer, “Me and my husband both worked,” she said. “I took care of the farmhouse. I cleaned and cooked for 36 ranch hands...Singing was easy. I though gee whiz, this was an easy job.” The success of her first song took Lynn on the road, but not in the days where rising musicians could still get tour buses. Instead, she was taking cars across the country, and took herself to Nashville to record.

Lynn’s songs would resonate with people throughout the country, and they didn’t stop coming. While most singers put out a new album usually every year to three years, Lynn would come out with 14 albums between 1963 and 1969 with the first one being titled “Loretta Lynn Sings” that featured many of her singles that had been released in the previous three years. Of those albums, three would reach number one on the Billboard US Country charts, with all but one reaching the top 15.

Three of the songs that Lynn released during this decade would also reach number one, with her first being “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and was followed up by “Fist City” and “Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone)”. Overall, 19 of her songs in the 1960s reached the top 15, with most of them making their way to the top five.

As if things couldn’t have started any better for Lynn’s career, she would have even bigger success in the 1970s. She released 17 more albums during the decade (three reached number one) and eight of her songs reached the top of the charts, with some even finding their way into the mainstream charts. Songs such as “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “One’s on the Way” had appeal both inside and outside of the country music genre, and Lynn had established herself as an icon in country and one of the most well known musicians around.

Country music would see a change in sound during the 1980s as Lynn entered her 50s, so many of her singles weren’t as popular as they’d been in the previous two decades. She’d still find her way on the charts, but didn’t have any number one hits, with only one song, “I Lie” reaching the top 10. After turning 60, Lynn no longer focused on albums and spent much of her time singing her hits while on tour as she already had a massive fanbase.

After more than a decade away from the studio, Lynn has come back to record a few more albums, with 2000’s “Still Country” being followed by “Van Lear Rose” in 2004 and “Full Circle” in 2016 that saw a bit of a revival in her career. Now 86 years old, Lynn is releasing another album in late 2018 titled “Wouldn’t It Be Great”, pushing her over 40 studio albums so far in her illustrious career.

As for her future plans, Lynn says that she’ll likely keep doing what she’s been doing for decades. “What’s left to do is something I haven’t done, which is lived, really,” she said. “I just do what I know to do. But my God, I could work every day in the world. Every day of the year, I could work, they’re calling for me all the time. You have to say I’m working this many days, and I’m not working any more than this, and every place I go we turn them away.”