Loretta Lynn (born April 14, 1932) is an American country music singer-songwriter and author. Born in Butcher Hollow, near Paintsville, Kentucky, USA, to a coal miner father, she married at the age of 15, was a mother soon after, and moved to Washington with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. (-), nicknamed 'Doo'. Their marriage was tumultuous; he had affairs and she was headstrong; their life together helped inspire her music. On her 21st birthday, Lynn's husband bought her a $17.00 Harmony guitar. She taught herself to play and when she was 24, on her wedding anniversary, he encouraged her to become a singer. She worked to improve her guitar playing, started singing at the Delta Grange Hall in Washington State with the Pen Brothers' band, The Westerners, then eventually cut her first record in February 1960.
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