The Unpleasant Side of Loretta Lynn's Marriage
The country music legend lived a great life, going from poverty in a small town to being a fantastic singer. She is now 86 years old and has lived through miscarriages, the death of two children and her husband who was not what everyone thought he was. This is the life story of Loretta Lynn, from her childhood to the truth about her marriage, and we hope you enjoy it.
The country singer came from a poor coal-mining family in Kentucky, Texas, and her name came from the actress, Loretta Young, who was popular before the 50s and won an Academy Award for her role in The Farmer’s Daughter. “My mommy and daddy had 8 kids, so there were 10 of us living in a small cabin in the mountains.”
It seems like Cheaper by the Dozen but with a lot less money. At the age of 15, she met Oliver Lynn, known to everyone as Doolittle; the 20-year-old stole her heart with his charisma and sunny demeanor. They walked down the aisle a month after their first encounter and left for Washington, she became pregnant soon enough.
Unfortunately, during her last trimester, she discovered Doo had been cheating on her, but she still gave birth to a baby at the age of 16. Apparently, Oliver was such a devoted father that Loretta was able to overlook his affair, and they continued their relationship while taking care of their farm and family, which became Loretta’s whole focus.
A fateful present
One day, Oliver brought home a gift for his wife, a $17 guitar, and it was truly an inspiration for the soon-to-be artist, so she wrote her first song at the age of 24 after being married for nine years and having four children. Loretta decided to create a band with her brother, and they used to sing at bars and small concerts in the area.
However, if you wanted to become a country star, you had to go live in Nashville. In fact, Patsy Cline was a huge help for the newcomer; she showed her the ropes and how to handle herself in the world of entertainment. Her talents were noticed soon after with the song I’m a Honky Tonk Girl becoming a huge success.
Offers from record labels were flying at Loretta, so she took her show on a tour around the country with Oliver. Those were the best moments of their life, according to the singer. She started topping music charts with her songs, and her popularity grew exponentially, but it was not just her voice that people enjoyed.
Lynn was talking about the plight of women back then; topics that could never be talked about before because of the way society treated them. In the end, most people saw her lyrics as part of her life and almost autobiographical, like the hit Don’t Come Home A-Drinking. Her husband was no gem, so Loretta’s success was hard to for his ego.
The downfall of a marriage
Oliver had kept cheating on his wife this entire time, while the artist was just trying to live, doing her best at her music career. One night, after being with another woman, Doo was utterly drunk, and he beat his wife for the first time. “He’d smack me. I’d smack him; He’d pull my hair, I pull’d his hair. That’s the way it was.”
At one point, she needed to defend herself, so she hit square in the face, but blood started running out immediately, and the singer was scared out of her mind after seeing that mess. She thought, “I'm dead. I am dead. I am completely dead.” However, Oliver shut his mouth and left the house, and Loretta paid for the hospital bill like she always did.
In 2000, the singer released an autobiography titled Still Woman Enough where she opened up about marriage with all the painful specifics. She wrote that Oliver was an alcoholic, a wife beater, a cheater, and a philanderer who spent all her hard-earned money. We cannot imagine how hard life was for her during that awful period.
After Oliver’s death
In 1996, Doo died of congestive heart failure and diabetes-related problems, so Lynn relocated to a small house, but her former home can still be visited by fans in the summertime. The reason why she moved was that Oliver brought all his girlfriends home while Loretta was on tour. Although she never liked being on stage, she felt content at a normal life at the farm.
Loretta and her husband had six children in total: Betty Sue Lynn, Jack Benny Lynn, Clara Marie Lynn, Earnest Ray Lynn, and the twins, Peggy Jean and Patsy Eileen, who were named after the singer’s sister, Peggy, and her best friend, Patsy Cline. Sadly Jack Benny died in 1984 at their family ranch in Tennessee, and Betty Sue died on emphysema in 2013 at the age of 64.
At the age of 32, Loretta gave birth to the twins, and at age 34, she had her first grandchild. She currently has 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Before starting her career, she would sing to her children, teaching them hymns like The Great Titanic and In the Pines which she learned from her mother.
Her life was depicted in the Hollywood motion picture The Coal Miner’s Daughter, which was her nickname in the country music industry, with Sissy Spacek playing her role and Tommy Lee Jones as Oliver Lynn. Beverly D’Angelo was also part of the cast, acting as Patsy Cline. Spacek won an Academy Award for her performance, a Golden Globe, and more.
Did you know the details of Loretta Lynn’s life? Do you enjoy her country songs? It has been many years since she became famous, but we hope that you enjoyed learning about the music legends of the past as much as us. We would like to see your opinion in the comments below, and please share this article with your music-loving friends.