Music legend Loretta Lynn dies, age 90

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Country music legend Loretta Lynn died on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in her Hurrican Mills, Tennessee home at the age of 90.

Born in Butcher Hollow, Lynn was known as Kentucky’s coal miner’s daughter for her frank lyrics and pride in Appalachia. In a statement sent to the Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died in 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 challenged norms with lyrics about sex, love, unfaithful husbands, and birth control, pushing the boundaries of what could and couldn’t be aired on the radio.

Her most popular tracks include “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” and “You’re Looking at Country.”

Lynn earned numerous awards and honors in her lifetime for the music she wrote and sang. She was the first woman ever named entertainer 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 the artist of the decade for the 1970s, and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

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