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Loretta Lynn to receive lifetime achievement award from Americana Music Association

Loretta Lynn to receive lifetime achievement award from Americana Music Association

NASHVILLE, July 10 (UPI) --Loretta Lynn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award for songwriting at the Americana Music Association awards September 17 in Nashville.
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Loretta Lynn suffers minor burns extinguishing small fire in her home

Loretta Lynn suffers minor burns extinguishing small fire in her home

NASHVILLE, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Singer Loretta Lynn suffered minor burns on her hands while extinguishing a small fire at her Hurricane Mills, Tenn., home, the [Nashville] Tennessean said.
Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton receive Medal of Freedom

Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton receive Medal of Freedom

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama awarded sixteen people the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday, the nation's highest civilian honor, in a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the award.
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President Obama awards 16 Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama awards 16 Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Sixteen Americans -- titans in science, communications, music, civil rights, government and sports -- received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday.
President Clinton, Oprah Winfree, Loretta Lynn to get Medal of Freedom

President Clinton, Oprah Winfree, Loretta Lynn to get Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Loretta Lynn are among those to receive the Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Wednesday.

Loretta Lynn belts 'em out despite cracked rib

NASHVILLE, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Loretta Lynn says it was her own trusty guitar that left her with a broken rib just before her big Labor Day show at her Tennessee estate.
Bill Clinton, Ernie Banks, Oprah to get Medal of Freedom

Bill Clinton, Ernie Banks, Oprah to get Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Ernie Banks and Gloria Steinem are among 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom announced Thursday.
Willie Nelson to release new album of duets Sept. 24

Willie Nelson to release new album of duets Sept. 24

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Willie Nelson's next album "To All the Girls" will feature duets with U.S. singers Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn and Wynonna Judd.
Loretta Lynn's daughter Betty Sue dead at 64

Loretta Lynn's daughter Betty Sue dead at 64

NASHVILLE, July 30 (UPI) -- Loretta Lynn's publicist says the country music icon's daughter Betty Sue has died of complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn. She was 64.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 14, 2013.
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Songwriter Bill Dees dead at 73

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- American songwriter Bill Dees, who co-wrote "Oh, Pretty Woman" and 60 other songs with Roy Orbison, died in Mountain Home, Ark., at the age of 73.
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Deschanel to play Loretta Lynn on Broadway

Deschanel to play Loretta Lynn on Broadway

NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- Zooey Deschanel is to play country music icon Loretta Lynn in a Broadway stage adaptation of "Coal Miner's Daughter," Playbill.com reported.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 14, 2012.
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Loretta Lynn headlines the opening night of Merlefest, a four-day Americana music festival, at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. 2005. This is the 18th anniversary of the festival, which draws top bluegrass, country and American roots musicians. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)
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Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb; April 14, 1932) is an American country music singer-songwriter, author and philanthropist.

Born in Kentucky to a coal miner father, she married at 13 years old, was a mother soon after, and moved to Washington with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn. Their marriage was sometimes tumultuous; he had affairs and she was headstrong. Their experiences together became inspiration for her music. When she was 24 years old, Lynn's husband bought her a guitar. She taught herself to play and cut her first record the next year. She became a part of the country music scene in Nashville in the 1960s, and in 1967 charted her first of 16 number 1 hits (out of 70 charted songs as a solo artist and a duet partner) that include "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)", "You Ain't Woman Enough", "Fist City", and "Coal Miner's Daughter". She focused on blue collar women's issues with themes of philandering husbands and persistent mistresses, and pushed boundaries in the conservative genre of country music by singing about birth control ("The Pill"), repeated childbirth ("One's on the Way"), double standards for men and women ("Rated 'X' "), and being widowed by the draft during the Vietnam War ("Dear Uncle Sam"). Country music radio stations often refused to play her songs. Nonetheless, she became known as "The First Lady of Country Music" and continues to be one of the most successful vocalists of all time.

Her best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Award winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in 1980. Her most recent album, Van Lear Rose, was released in 2004, produced by Jack White, and topping the country music charts at number 2. Lynn continues to tour and has received numerous awards in country and American music.

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