Watch Kacey Musgraves, Jack White, Pistol Annies, & More Cover Loretta Lynn at Nashville Tribute Concert
Legendary country music singer Loretta Lynn has died at age 90 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., a spokesperson has confirmed to SPIN.
From her days touring with Patsy Cline in the ’60s and already a mother of four in her early 20s, Lynn was well-versed in life’s hardships and not shy about making her feelings known. Taking the cue from Cline and the groundbreaking Kitty Wells, Lynn went on to become one of country’s first true female superstars in the late ’60s, which didn’t preclude country radio from banning her pro-birth control anthem “The Pill” in 1976.
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But despite her rhetorical parallels, she rejected association with the early feminist movement, criticizing it for ignoring the issues of the working class (she also maintained that her music “has no politics,” which was lovably far from true). Despite remaining in a rocky marriage to her late husband and manager Doolittle until he died in 1996, she never kept his mistreatment a secret, writing extensively about it in her autobiography Coal Miner’s Daughter, which became one of the first hugely successful music biopics with the film of the same name in 1980.
After decades of making hits and earning more awards than any other woman in country’s history, Lynn resurfaced in 2004 with the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose, which introduced her to a whole new generation. A follow-up, Full Circle, arrived in 2016.
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