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Loretta Lynn passes away at the age of 90


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Loretta Lynn, one of country music's pioneering solo female artists and the first to release a certified gold album, died peacefully at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, yesterday. She was 90. Born during the Great Depression in the coal-mining community of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Lynn was celebrated for her original songs spotlighting the experience of poor and working-class women. Her breakthrough came in the late 1960s and 1970s with a string of number one country hits, including "Coal Miner's Daughter," which became the title for a 1976 autobiography as well as the Oscar-winning 1980 musical film about Lynn's life. Over six decades, Lynn recorded 50 studio albums and received numerous awards, including three Grammys and a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. See a list of all her awards here. Several of Lynn's hits were banned for dealing directly with sensitive issues like marital infidelity, birth control, and alcoholism. See photos and a timeline of her life here.

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