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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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Top 10 Country Songs of the ’70s

The Boot rounds up the Top 10 country songs of the 1970s.

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50 Country Songs Everyone Must Hear Before They Die

The Boot rounds up a list of 50 country, Americana, alt-country, bluegrass and folk songs that everyone should hear at least once in their lifetime.

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Loretta Lynn Postpones New Album, Remains Feisty in Her Stroke Recovery

Loretta Lynn has released a statement about her stroke recovery process. She's postponing the release of her new album, 'Wouldn't It Be Great', but doing well.

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Country Artists Who Have Lost Children

No parent should ever have to bury a son or daughter -- and yet, several country stars have had to endure such a grief-filled event.

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Loretta Lynn, Still Recovering From Stroke, Sends Greeting to July 4th Concertgoers

During her daughter Patsy's Fourth of July Weekend concerts, Loretta Lynn sent a greeting to concertgoers.

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Top 10 War Songs in Country Music

A list of country music's best songs about war.

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Loretta Lynn’s Brother Says She’s Talking, Walking By Herself Following Stroke

Loretta Lynn's brother, Herman Webb, has offered an update on his sister's condition following her May stroke.

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Loretta Lynn Cancels Additional Tour Dates Following May Stroke

Loretta Lynn has canceled two additional concerts, scheduled in Iowa in July, following her May stroke.

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Loretta Lynn Moved to Rehab, ‘Doing Great’ Following Stroke

Loretta Lynn has left the hospital following her stroke on May 4 and is now at a rehabilitation facility.

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Crystal Gayle Asks Fans to Keep Prayers Coming for Sister Loretta Lynn

Crystal Gayle says her sister Loretta Lynn has been in good hands following her stroke on May 4 -- but she's also asking fans to keep their prayers coming.

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