Country music legend Loretta Lynn dies at 90

Country music icon Loretta Lynn died Tuesday, October 4 at the age of 90, her family announced in a statement. “Our dear mother Loretta Lynn died peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at her ranch in Hurricane Mills”Tennessee, writes his family.

The Kentucky native was one of the first women to rise to the top of her genre in the United States, in the 1960s and 1970s, by evoking more openly than ever before the sexuality and intimate life of women of her time. Several of his songs had been banned by some country radio stations, but that did not prevent several of his songs from becoming classics of a particularly popular style in the country.

Born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932 to a poor family in Kentucky, she is the eldest of eight siblings. She immortalizes her childhood in her song Coal Miner’s Daughter, tube of the 1970s. At only 15 years old, the singer married Oliver Vanetta, whose life she shared for fifty years, until his death in 1996. They settled in a small town living from logging, in the State of Washington, where Loretta Lynn gives birth to four children before even blowing out twenty candles. Shortly after, the couple also welcomes twins.

First country singer to write a number 1 single

Captivated by his wife’s voice, Oliver Vanetta gave her a guitar in the early 1950s. A gift from fate. The self-taught singer draws inspiration for her lyrics from her own experiences as a young bride and the turmoil of her romantic relationship. She formed her own band, called Loretta and the Trailblazers, and began performing in bars before recording her first hit, I’m a Honky Tonk GirlIn 1960. “Most songwriters were writing about falling in love, breaking up and being aloneshe explained to Wall Street Journal in 2016. The female point of view I was describing was new. »

The singer then went on tour to promote her songs on the radio, and performed for the first time on the legendary stage of the Grand Ole Opry in 1960, an institution in Nashville where she would become one of the most acclaimed artists. Loretta Lynn continues the tubes. With Dear Uncle Samin 1966, she signed one of the first titles evoking the tragedy of the Vietnam War.

Also in 1966, she released You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man), catapulted to the top of the charts and which made her the first country singer to have written a number one hit. In 1969, she released one of her most controversial songs, Wings Upon Your Horns, which spins a religious metaphor to describe a teenage girl losing her virginity. In The Pillin 1975, she praised the freedoms allowed by the contraceptive pill.

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988

In 1988, Loretta Lynn entered the Country Music Hall of Fame. Over the course of her life, she received almost every artistic honor, including the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, presented by Barack Obama in 2013.

Despite the progressive themes of her lyrics, the singer insisted that her music had no “no political purpose”. She has lined up behind many Republican candidates, including Donald Trump in 2016, though she has also thrown her support behind Democrats like Jimmy Carter.

But she was unanimous in the music industry, which she deeply influenced, collaborating with many artists, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello. In 2021, at almost 89 years old, she released the album Still Woman Enough, which included re-recordings and new material. To the magazine Billboardshe confided that she would never retire from music:

“When I’m six feet under, they can say, ‘Loretta has stopped singing. »

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The World with AFP


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