Loretta Lynn’s sister Crystal Gayle has taken to Twitter after the 85-year-old “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer suffered a 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚. Gayle, a legend in her own right, expressed the family’s appreciation for the warm thoughts and prayers.
Lynn is currently resting in a Nashville hospital and a note on her website and Facebook page indicates she expects to make a full recovery. However all shows in the short-term have been cancelled.
Gayle is one of a growing number of stars who responded to news that Lynn was hospitalized, but her tweet certainly comes with more meaning. Despite the age difference (Gayle just turned 66 in January) the pair say they’re close today. They always have been in fact. During a recent interview with Dan Rather the “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” singer said decades old tabloid reports of a feud between them were simply not true.
In January Lynn was the one who inducted Gayle into the Grand Ole Opry. The younger singer’s remarks reflect the sentiment of several generations worth of country music singers and fans. There’s no doubt Lynn is one of the most influential singers of all time, male or female.
Lynn’s 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚 occurred on Thursday night (May 4) but was not made public until Friday. She was at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. when the stroke occurred.
“Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating. Regrettably, upcoming scheduled shows will be postponed.”
Loretta Lynn, 1960
1960 was a big year for the Coal Miner’s Daughter, as it was the year she cut her first single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.” This year she also became a part of Nashville’s evolving music scene, even appearing on the Opry for the first time.
Loretta Lynn, 1961
Lynn’s career was really kicking off by 1961. The singer singed a contract with Decca, a contract that she would continue for years to come.
Loretta Lynn, 1962
The goodness just kept coming for Loretta Lynn in 1962! She was given a huge honor when she was asked to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry!
Loretta Lynn, 1965
1965 kept Loretta Lynn very, very busy. She released this album, Blue Kentucky Girl, a duet album with Ernest Tubb and a gospel album called .
Loretta Lynn, 1966
Although by this point Lynn was known for her incredible voice, the songs she wrote herself weren’t her biggest hits. That changed in 1966 with “Dear Uncle Sam,” the only self-penned track on this album. It was a story of a wife whose husband was entering the Vietnam War. It was her first self-penned song to enter the Top 10.
Loretta Lynn, 1967
Loretta earned her very first No. 1 hit in 1967 with “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” from the album of the same name. Lynn paved the way for women in country since she was the first woman to receive a certified gold album.
Loretta Lynn, 1970
Loretta Lynn’s most popular song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” was written in 1969 and released the following year. It’s still the singer’s signature song, as well as her most autobiographical one.
Loretta Lynn, 1971
Things changed for Loretta Lynn in 1971 when she started a professional relationship with Conway Twitty. They released this EP, We Only Make Believe, and only released one single from the record, which went to No. 1.