Loretta Lynn, the acclaimed country singer, passed away on October 4 at the age of 90. Known as the Queen of country music, Lynn had a six decade long career as a singer-songwriter, with her albums topping the country music charts regularly.
Loretta came from an extremely poor background, with her father working as a coal miner. It was her talent and hard work that changed her fate and made her a household name. Apart from all the accolades, the singer was also able to make a fortune for herself through her singing career. Read on to know all about her net worth and earnings.
Loretta Lynn’s Net Worth
As per the website Celebrity Net Worth, Loretta Lynn had a net worth of $65 million at the time of her death, which is remarkable considering her humble beginnings. Lynn was one of the eight children of her parents. Her father died of black lung disease at the age of 52.
At the age of 15, the singer met Oliver Vanetta Lynn, a moonshiner, and married him a month later. Soon she was pregnant with her first child, and the couple moved to Custer, Washington. Oliver bought and gifted his wife a guitar in 1953, and she started to learn to play it herself.
The Singer Made her Debut in 1960
After learning to play the guitar, Loretta formed a band called Loretta and the Trailblazers and started performing in local clubs in Washington. She was discovered by Zero Records founder during one of her performances, who signed her for an album. Loretta then released her debut single, I’m a Honky Tonk Girl, in 1960, which reached number 14 on Billboard’s Country and Western chart.
Post the success of the song, the singer was signed by Decca Records, and released her single Success in 1962. Loretta was also an acclaimed songwriter who started writing her own songs in 1966, beginning with Dear Uncle Sam. The same year, she released You Ain’t Woman Enough, which made her the first female songwriter whose songs topped the charts.
Lynn saw professional success in the following decades, with her songs and albums regularly making it to the charts. First City, Coal Miner’s Daughter, You’ve Just Stepped In, and Woman of the World are some of her most well-known songs from the time.
Lynn Started Working on Collaborations after 1988
Lynn released her last solo album in 1988, and started working on collaborations with different artists post that. She worked with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette in 1993 on their single, Honky Tonk Angels. The singer then slowly faded out of the recording scene but made a strong comeback in 2004, releasing Van Lear Rose with producer Jack White of The White Strips.
Lynn then continued to work on albums, with her last and 50th album, Still Woman Enough, releasing last year. Apart from her successful singing career, Lynn has also authored a number of books, including a cookbook and two autobiographies. She owned a large ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, which was often utilised for outdoor concerts and racing events.
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