Country legend, Loretta Lynn will celebrate her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 14th. She’s sold 45 million records worldwide, she’s also a published author, and a singer/and songwriter.
In celebration of the female trailblazer, we have five things you should know about Loretta Lynn.
She was born in Butcher Holler Kentucky
Loretta Lynn was born in 1932 in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and was named after the American actress Loretta Young who starred in The Farmers Daughter.
Her Sisters are Musicians as Well
Lynn was the second oldest in her family of eight siblings. You may know her sisters who are country artists, Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue Wright.
Marriage and Family Came Before a Music Career
While there seems to be a dispute on the age Lynn married Oliver “Mooney” Lynn, at one point it was reported the age of 13 but later changed to 16, reported Rolling Stone.
Either way, before she moved to Nashville with her Gibson guitar purchased by her husband, she had four children.
Lynn was the First Female Artist to Win Entertainer of the Year
Loretta Lynn was awarded the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1972, the first female to be given the most covetous title. Since that time, only six females acts have claimed the title-Barbara Mandrell won for two years and The Chicks won in 2000. The last female winner was in 2011 when Taylor Swift won the title.
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch Hurricane Mills Has Its Own Zip Code
Just over an hour outside of Nashville is Loretta Lynn’s ranch. The property features six museums, gift shop, and an exact replica of her Butcher Holler home. You can even camp on the property. The ranch has its own zip code and post office. There’s an ongoing calendar of events, find them here.