Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky on April 14, 1932. She grew up the second of 8 children of Clara and Ted Webb. Ted was a miner and the family always struggled to live off of his small wages. After marrying at the age of 14, Loretta Lynn left Butcher Hollow with her husband Oliver in hopes of finding a place where he didn’t have to work in a mine.
During the 1950’s, Loretta became a mother and started learning the guitar in her spare time. One night she was discovered on a talent contest in Tacoma by Norm Burley. He was so impressed with her that he created a record company just to record and sign her. Shortly after that, Lynn’s hit the road pushing Loretta’s first release “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl”. Her music began to represent a strong female perspective and was original to any genre of music during that time. With hits like “You Ain’t Woman Enough (to Take My Man)”, Loretta still influences music today even after fifty years of performing.
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