Lynn, Loretta, 1935–, American country singer and songwriter, b. Butcher Hollow, Ky. One of the most successful singers in modern country music, she has a distinct voice and a style reminiscent of earlier traditional country singers. She had her first hit,
Honky Tonk Girl,in 1960 and remained on the popular music charts with a string of 22 top-ten hits in the period 1962–71. Her autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, was made into a film in 1980.
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