Loretta Lynn’s Song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is 100% a true story. The song describes her dad working all night in the coal mine and hoeing corn all day. Her father really was “a coal miner and subsistence farmer,” and she really was born in Butcher Hollow, KY.

Loretta Lynn

Not to be confused with Loretta Lynch.

Loretta Lynn (née Webb; April 14, 1932) is an American singer songwriter. In a career which spans six decades in country music, Lynn has released multiple gold albums. She is famous for hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” along with the 1980 biographical film of the same name.

Lynn has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music, including awards from both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and an individual artist. She has been nominated 18 times for a GRAMMY Award, and ha… Continue Reading (21 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Loretta Lynn’s Song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is 100% a true story. The song describes her dad working all night in the coal mine and hoeing corn all day. Her father really was “a coal miner and subsistence farmer,” and she really was born in Butcher Hollow, KY.”

  1. The_Turtle_Moves_13

    I feel like this is common knowledge but it might be because I’m from Kentucky and grew up with the song. We all know the song and the movie.

  2. livinginthewild

    My mom used to brag that loretta lynn was from the next holler over from her. I remember going to visit my mom’s people. We had to follow the railroad tracks til you caint go no more and walk the rest of the way. Refrigerator on the cabin’s front porch, kids were all shoeless. This was in the 60s. Different world from me.

  3. yung-n-nasty

    She’s a legend where I’m from.

  4. SnooFoxes1683

    I have the blue 1953 caddy from the movie that pulls up and parks in the scene that was hers. It’s in disrepair but I feel like this is the best place to post it. If anyone wants to bring it back to life before it dies message me and I’ll get my dad to get them access to pick it up. Thanks

  5. CookCleanandCraft

    If you like the song, try the movie! I think sissi spacek is fantastic in it!

  6. Yossarian_MIA

    What is a “Holler” exactly? Is is like a half valley coming down a hill/mountain? A dip between two hills?

  7. asiamsoisee

    Loretta was also married at 13 and only picked up a guitar at the suggestion of her husband after she’d already had at least a couple of her 6 (living) children. Legend.

  8. PigmentFish

    Did… Did people think it wasnt true? Appalachian life isn’t everyone’s cup of tea

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