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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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50 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Earns First No. 1 With ‘Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)’

On Feb. 11, 1967, Loretta Lynn earned her first No. 1 hit with "Don't Come Home a'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)."

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Loretta Lynn on Donald Trump Protests: ‘March If You Want to, But Do It With Class’

Loretta Lynn is sounding off about those protesting Donald Trump's election, specifically the Women's March.

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Loretta Lynn Inducts Sister Crystal Gayle Into the Grand Ole Opry

Country icon Loretta Lynn was on hand to help induct her sister, Crystal Gayle, into the Grand Ole Opry on Jan. 21.

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Best Country Album 2017 Grammy Awards predictions
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POLL: Who Should Win Best Country Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards?

A readers' poll to determine who should win Best Country Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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Loretta Lynn Will Have Her Own Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit in 2017

An exhibit about Loretta Lynn's life and career is scheduled to run at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum from August of 2017 through June of 2018.

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Loretta Lynn Celebrating 85th Birthday With Ryman Shows

Loretta Lynn will commemorate her 85th birthday with two shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, Jennifer Nettles Sing ‘Country Christmas’ [WATCH]

Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood and Jennifer Nettles performed Lynn's classic "Country Christmas" together during the 2016 'CMA Country Christmas' TV special.

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44 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Releases ‘Rated ‘X”

On Nov. 20, 1972, Loretta Lynn released her single "Rated 'X'."

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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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Country Stars Sound Off About the 2016 Presidential Election

As November nears, a number of country singers have been making their thoughts on the presidential election known.

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