Loretta Lynn Hospitalized After Suffering a Stroke

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Became Ill Thursday Night

Eighty-five year old Country Music Hall of Fame Loretta Lynn remained hospitalized Friday night (May 5) in Nashville after suffering a stroke Thursday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Lynn was scheduled to appear at the Jimmy Dean Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, on May 13, and, according to Pollstar, a publication that tracks live concerts, was also booked at another date in Pennsylvania the day before.

She had recently added a show at her ranch in Hurricane Mills for July 1, Pollstar noted.

According to a post on her official website, “She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery. Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating. Regrettably, upcoming scheduled shows will be postponed.”

Although beset by recurring physical ailments, Lynn has been quite active in her career of late. Last year, Legacy Recordings released Full Circle, her first new studio album in more than 10 years, as well as White Christmas Blue, her first holiday album since 1966.

She is scheduled to release her newest studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, in August.

Drawing on her real experiences growing up in Eastern Kentucky, Lynn dubbed herself the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in her 1970 No. 1 single. That title subsequently was used for her bestselling autobiography in 1976 and the hit movie in 1989 that starred Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones.

Her recording of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Lynn is almost as famous for the feisty songs she wrote and recorded as for her rough-edged hillbilly personality. Among these were such truculent tunes as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Fist City” and “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath.”

Including her fabled and award-winning duets with Conway Twitty, Lynn has racked up 16 No. 1 singles.

Lynn was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.