Country artist Loretta Lynn was born in April of 1932 to a coalminer, storekeeper and farmer. In 1959, she began her singing in local clubs. Later, she formed her band The Trailblazers, which also featured her brother Jay Lee Webb. Lynn made an appearance in a televised Tacoma, Washington talent contest, hosted by Buck Owens, where she was discovered by Canadian Norm Burley, who recorded four of Lynn’s compositions. Throughout the following years, Lynn would go on to sign her first contract, release numerous studio albums, peak at Number One over twenty times with her singles and win and be nominated for countless awards, including becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962.
Lynn’s first single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” peaked at Number Fourteen on the U.S. Country charts, despite not being released on an album. She reached the Top 10 several more times in the next few years, with “Success,” “Before I’m Over You,” “Wine, Women, and Song,” “Blue Kentucky Girl” and “Dear Uncle Same,” among others. Her first Number One hit came in 1966 with “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” It was followed three years later with “Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone).”
The following decade gained her even more success, especially with songs like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “One’s on the Way,” “Trouble in Paradise” and “Somebody Somewhere (Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight).”
On top of her chart-topping songs, Lynn has won many major awards, including those from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Music City News Country, CMT Awards and the Grammy Awards. She has won a few Grammys, for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo/Group for “After the Fire is Gone” with Conway Twitty, a Hall of Fame Award, Best Country Album for Van Lear Rose and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Jack White.
Along with being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Lynn has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Country-Gospel Music Hall of Fame.