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Loretta Lynn

"When you're looking at me, you're looking at country," sang Loretta Lynn - and she wasn't wrong. Born a coal miner's daughter in rural Kentucky, Lynn was married at 13, became a mother a year later and was raising four children when she started performing aged 24 in local clubs. Full of sassy, honky tonk glamour, she was a perfect fit for Nashville where the blue collar anthems about her tough upbringing and her husband'' philandering quickly became popular and led to her first Number 1 single on the country charts with Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind). She scored over 60 country hits, including the classics Rated X, Coal Miner's Daughter and Fist City and sold over 30 million records before her biography was turned into the Academy Award-winning film Coal Miner's Daughter (starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones) in 1980. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 50 years, she teamed up with Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton for the Top 10 album Honky Tonk Angels (1993), before a high profile comeback saw her collaborate with Jack White and produce some of her finest work on the Grammy Award-winning album Van Lear Rose (2004).

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07-07-2011