Loretta Lynn facts: Country singer's husband, songs, children and more revealed

4 October 2022, 15:58

All you need to know about country singer Loretta Lynn
All you need to know about country singer Loretta Lynn. Picture: Getty

Loretta Lynn was a country singer-songwriter with an incredible career spanning 60 years.

She's one of the most recognisable singers in country music, with the hits 'You Ain't Woman Enough', 'One's on the Way' and 'Don't Come Home A-Drinkin''.

Here's all you need to know about the talented musician:

  1. What are Loretta Lynn's most famous songs?

    Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter

    Loretta had multiple gold albums and prestigious awards under her belt from a successful career in music.

    Some of her most famous songs included 'You Ain't Woman Enough', 'One's on the Way', 'Fist City', 'Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'' and 'Coal Miner's Daughter'.

    Lynn's full discography includes an incredible 60 studio albums.

  2. How old was Loretta Lynn when she died?

    Loretta Lynn died aged 90 at her "beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills" in Tennessee.

    "Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills," said a statement.

    The singer was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She was the eldest daughter and second child born to parents Clara Marie 'Clary' (1912-1981) and Melvin Theodore 'Ted' Webb (1906-1959).

    Her father was a coal miner (hence the song) and subsistence farmer. She and her siblings are of Irish and Cherokee descent. She was named after the film star Loretta Young.

  3. Who was Loretta's husband?

    Loretta Lynn and husband Oliver Lynn
    Loretta Lynn and husband Oliver Lynn. Picture: Getty

    Loretta married American talent manager Oliver Lynn in 1948.

    They wed just a month after meeting. Loretta was 15 years old at the time.

    Though they were married for almost 50 years, their relationship was plagued by many marital issues, including Oliver's drinking and infidelities.

    Oliver died of congestive heart failure on August 22 1996, aged 69.

  4. How many children did Loretta have?

    Loretta Lynn with twin daughters Peggy and Patsy
    Loretta Lynn with twin daughters Peggy and Patsy. Picture: Getty

    Loretta and Oliver Lynn had six children together; Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Clara Marie "Cissie", Ernest Ray "Ernie", and twins Peggy Jean and Patsy Eileen.

    Sadly, two of Loretta's children have passed away.

    Jack Benny died aged 34 in 1984, and Betty Sue died aged 64 in 2013.