Country music has, right from the start, featured women singers who were the equal to male stars, some becoming legends in their own right. Right near the top of that mighty mountain was Loretta Lynn.
Her songs, her life, all became intertwined in this country's fabric. She had a string of giant hits in the '60's & '70's when women's lib & the sexual revolution was changing the way the country thought about moral. "Coal miner's daughter, "The pill, "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," "Rated X" - had spoke to women trying to navigate the wackiness that was the '60's & '70's.
When A COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER came out in 1980, it not only made the stars - Sissy Spacek & Tommy Lee Jones - famous, but of course further cemented Lynn's place in Americana.
In 1972, she was the first woman ever given the entertainer of the year award by the Country Music Association. Just three years later, she was the first woman to be given the same award by the Academy of Country Music.
Married to the same man her entire life - married when she was 15 - They had six children and 17 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.