Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Loretta Lynn has passed away at age 90. She died peacefully in her sleep early in the morning Tuesday, October 4, at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Throughout her 60-year career, Lynn achieved the highest level of success with over 50 Top 10 Hits including "Fist City," "You Ain't Woman Enough," "You're Lookin' At Country," "Don't Come Home A Drinking," "Coal Miner's Daughter," and more. Lynn also recorded legendary duets with The Wilburne Brothers, Ernest Tubb, and Conway Twitty.
The famous native of Butcher Hollow, Ky. amassed a staggering 51 Top 10 hits, garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and broke down barriers for women everywhere with songs like "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," "Fist City" and "Coal Miner's Daughter."
Lynn had also been a friend of Gospel music. Throughout her career, she has released numerous renditions of hymns and spiritual songs. In 1965, Lynn released Hymns, her fifth solo studio album and her first Gospel album. The album consists of 12 gospel and inspirational songs that were either popular over the years or were written by Lynn for this album. Well known Christian songs such as "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Sweet By and By" appear on the album.
The album debuted at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart dated January 22, 1966. It peaked at No. 10 on the chart dated February 12. The album spent a total of 17 weeks on the chart. The album's only single, "Everybody Want to Go to Heaven", was released in November 1965.
Throughout her 80s, Loretta continued to write new songs and, in 2016, returned to the charts with the GRAMMY-nominated Full Circle, the first in a series of critically acclaimed albums produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash at Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn. She followed up with the seasonal classic White Christmas Blue (2016) and 2018's GRAMMY-nominated Wouldn't It Be Great, a combination of newly written songs and fresh interpretations of her catalog.
In 2021, the American music icon released Still Woman Enough, a celebration of women in country music; her 50th studio album (not including her ten studio duet collaborations with Conway Twitty), Still Woman Enough featured a title track co-written with Patsy Lynn Russell and a deeply emotional "Coal Miner's Daughter Recitation," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of Lynn's signature song (October 5, 1970) and album (January 4, 1971).