By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
March 13, 2005
Loretta Lynn was born in Kentucky in the early 1930s. She got married at the age of 15 and moved to Washington State with her husband.
Nearly 10 years later, her husband bought her a guitar for their wedding anniversary and encouraged her to become a singer. Lynn played guitar at bars and for low-level bands before she cut her first record in 1960. By 1967 she charted her first of 16 number one hits.
Her lyrics focused mostly on women’s issues: philandering husbands, birth control, repeated childbirth, double standards for men and even being widowed after the draft during the Vietnam War. After initially refusing to play her songs, country music stations dubbed her “The First Lady of Country Music.” Her best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones. Lynn most recently released an album in 2004, which topped the country album charts.
It was on this day that Lynn performed in a packed Reilly Center at St. Bonaventure University.