Happy birthday, Loretta Lynn!
We’re celebrating the country legend’s birthday with a flashback to one of the greatest collaborations of her long, storied career.
Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Holler, a small mining community in the town of Van Lear, Kentucky on April 14, in 1932. If you’re a fan, you already knew that! Her life in that small town was the focus of her number one hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and the biographical film of the same name starring Sissy Spacek.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, Lynn has released 60 studio albums and more than 80 singles. She has 10 number one albums and 16 number one singles on the country charts. She was the first woman in country music to receive a certified gold album for Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) in 1967.
Lynn is a member of the Grand Old Opry, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She received a Kennedy Center Honor from then-President George W. Bush in 2003. Her awards include four Grammys, seven American Music Awards, eight Broadcast Music Incorporated awards, 12 Academy of Country Music awards, eight Country Music Association awards and 26 fan-voted Music City News awards.
Lynn experienced a career revival in 2004 when she released Van Lear Rose, which was produced by blues-rocker Jack White. The album’s first single, “Portland, Oregon,” is a duet with White and remains one of the greatest collaborations of her career.
It’s a perfect blend of her honky tonk angel vocals and his raw, bluesy guitar. The critically acclaimed album won a Grammys for Best Country Album, and “Portland, Oregon” won Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
Lynn’s last studio album was Van Lear Rose in 2004. However, she is working on new material, and she recently signed a multi-album deal with Legacy Recordings.
She is also currently on tour, and you can find her performing to rapt audiences at theatres and historic honky-tonks through 2015.
Take another listen to “Portland, Oregon.” You’ll fall in love with it all over again!