Country music legend Loretta Lynn died Tuesday, October 4, at her home in Hurrican Mills, Tennessee, at the age of 90.
Born in Butcher Hollow, Lynn was known as the Kentucky Coal Miner’s Daughter for her outspoken words and Appalachian pride. In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died at her Tennessee home surrounded by loved ones.
Lynn had four children before her career as a country music artist began in the 1960s. Lynn was not only a pioneer for women in the music industry, but she also defied norms with lyrics about sex, love, cheating husbands and birth control, pushing the boundaries of what could and could not be aired on radio.
Her most popular tracks include “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “The Pill”, and “You’re Looking at Country”.
Lynn won many awards and accolades throughout her life for the music she wrote and sang. She was the first woman named Artist of the Year, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music in 1975. The Academy of Country Music selected Lynn as Artist of the Decade for the 1970s, and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.