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Loretta Lynn is a singer-songwriter known for "Coal Miner's Daughter," among many other country songs. A film about her by the same name was a critical hit.
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White was similarly effusive in his praise: "I want as many people as possible on earth to hear her, because she's the greatest female singer-songwriter of the last century," he told Entertainment Weekly. The pair won two Grammy Awards for their work together, for best country collaboration with vocals for the song "Portland Oregon," and for best country album.
Yet to record a follow-up studio album,
Lynn kept busy by playing numerous concerts each year. She had to cancel some tour dates in late 2009 due to illness. She bounced back by January 2010 to perform at the University of Central Arkansas. These days, concerts are about family for Lynn. Her son, Ernest Ray, performed at the concert, as did her twin daughters, Peggy and Patsy—known as the Lynns. A short time after the concert, Loretta was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tragedy struck Lynn in July 2013, when her oldest daughter, Betty Sue, died of complications of emphysema. Betty Sue was 64 years old at the time of her death and is the second child Lynn has lost.
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