November 20, 2013; Written by CMT.com Staff
Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton were among those presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies Wednesday (Nov. 20) in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama honored 16 recipients, including Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and the late astronaut Sally Ride. Lynn and Cuban-born jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval were the only musical artists to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.
The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Lynn who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. In presenting her latest accolade, Obama noted her humble beginnings.
“Loretta Lynn was 19 the first time she won big at the local fair,” he said. “Her canned vegetables brought home 17 blue ribbons and made her canner of the year. Now that’s impressive. For a girl from Butcher Holler, Ky., that was fame.
“Fortunately for all of us, she decided to try her hand at things other than canning. Her first guitar cost $17 and with it, this coal miner’s daughter gave voice to a generation, singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about. Now, over 50 years after she cut her first record and canned her first vegetables, Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music.”
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Penticton was amongst royalty Tuesday as the Queen of Country, Loretta Lynn, worked through five decades of hits.
The honky tonk girl was a long way from her birthplace of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, when she hit the stage in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Tuesday but she looked right at home, greeted by a standing ovation. Lynn brought class with her white ball gown adorned in sparkling rhinestones, a charming wit and a truckload of songs the audience loved.
“This is your show whatever you want to hear holler it out. It doesn’t mean I’m going to sing it, it just gives you a good chance to holler,” said Lynn, bringing a round of laughter from the audience. “We all need something to holler about.” Read the rest of this entry »
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1. She is the queen of country music. Loretta Lynn’s not joking when she sings “If you’re looking at me/You’re looking at country.” The Country Music Hall of Famer has won more awards and honours (including the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom) and had more top ten hits (16 No. 1 hits out of 70 charted songs), and earned more titles (first woman country singer to pen a No. 1 hit) than just about anyone else in country music. She’s recorded 60 albums and sold 48 million copies worldwide, and has a back catalogue of classics that includes Hello Darlin’, Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) and You Ain’t Woman Enough. Even many non-country music fans know of her thanks to the Oscar-winning 1980 biopic (starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones) based on Lynn’s bestselling 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner’s Daughter.
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Country Music Icon, Loretta Lynn has to reschedule her performances in OK after suffering two broken ribs last week. “I hate more than anything to miss shows, but sometimes you just have to,” states Lynn.
Official Loretta Lynn Quote:
“I’m like an accident waiting to happen these days,” laughs Loretta, “I was trying to get my guitar down out of my closest and the dang thing fell on top of me causing me to fall into my dresser. All this happened right before my big Labor Day Concert at my Ranch in Hurricane Mills. I didn’t know how bad I hurt myself until the next day. Come to find out I had broken two of my ribs. We are rescheduling the shows now, I hate more than anything to have to miss shows, but it’s something you just have to do. I just hope everyone comes back to see me in OK.” End Quote