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Loretta Lynn (nee Webb) was born in Butcher Holler, Ky., a coal-mining community in the Appalachian Mountains, in 1932. She was the second of eight children, and at the young age of 15, she married Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, a man six years her senior and who became instrumental in helping launch Lynn’s successful country music career. After moving to Washington State, Lynn worked odd jobs while raising her children, all while teaching herself to play guitar and dreaming of a life in music; the now-country icon began performing at various clubs and bars, started her first band and, in 1960, recorded her first record, ‘I’m a Honky Tonk Girl’. When she relocated to Nashville, Lynn signed to Decca Records and released a long string of hit albums and singles; she also became a trailblazer by releasing several controversial (for her era) songs, including “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man),” “Rated X” and “The Pill.” In 1972, Lynn became the first woman to receive a CMA for Entertainer of the Year; she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1962, and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. To date, Lynn has sold more than 45 million albums.

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Concertgoers Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Loretta Lynn at the Ryman [WATCH]

Loretta Lynn celebrated her 85th birthday, on April 14, 2017, with a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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Top 10 Loretta Lynn Songs

A list of Loretta Lynn's best songs.

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Loretta Lynn Through the Years [PICTURES]

A photo gallery of pictures from throughout Loretta Lynn's life and career.

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85 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Is Born in Butcher Holler, Ky.

On April 3, 1932, Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Holler, Ky.

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Loretta Lynn to Release ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’ in August

Loretta Lynn will release a new studio album, 'Wouldn't It Be Great', in August of 2017.

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Watch Margo Price Sing ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ With Loretta Lynn

Margo Price teamed up with Loretta Lynn at a recent show to perform Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter."

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46 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty’s ‘After the Fire Is Gone’ Hits No. 1

On April 3, 1971, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's debut single, "After the Fire Is Gone," landed at the top of the charts.

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Top 10 Country Songs About Spring

The Boot counts down country music's best springtime tunes.

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Top 10 Country Drinking Songs

The Boot counts down country music's 10 best drinking songs.

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Top 10 ACM Awards Moments

A list of the best moments throughout the history of the ACM Awards.

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