Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 21, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
Loretta Lynn’s classic memoir tells the story of her early life in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and her amazing rise to the top of the music industry.
Born into deep poverty, married at thirteen, mother of six, and a grandmother by the time she was twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to become one of the most prolific and influential songwriters and singers in modern country music. Here we see the determination and talent that led to her trailblazing career and made her the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association and the first woman to receive a gold record in country music.

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My Dad, Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas and pilot, Randy Hughes were killed on March 5, 1963, NOT March 6. And, March 5 was on Tuesday. Minor details to most...but not to their families. I learned of my Daddy's death when a friend of mine from school called me and told me that my Daddy's name was on the radio ... and that is NOT the rest of the story!

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About the author (2010)

Loretta Lynn was the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. She has had sixteen number-one singles, fifteen number-one albums, and countless other hit records.

George Vecsey, a sports columnist for The New York Times, has written about such events as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics but considers baseball, the sport he’s covered since 1960, his favorite game. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game and Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter (with Loretta Lynn), which was made into an Academy Award–winning film. He has also served as a national and religion reporter for The New York Times, interviewing the Dalai Lama, Tony Blair, Billy Graham, and a host of other noteworthy figures. He lives in New York with his wife, Marianne, an artist.

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