Loretta Lynn is a legendary country music singer with multiple gold albums. She has given us more than 60 years of singing, with all the trials and tribulations of life, lost loved ones, and a flare like no other female country singer in history. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of top 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Loretta Lynn.

Number One: Loretta Lynn Paved The Way For Female Country Singers

In the ’77 Hollywood Walk of Fame, she was the first female ever to earn a star. Lynn made history for her gender and genre! You’re welcome, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.

Number Two: The Singer Has Her Own Chicken Recipe

Her special recipe is called Loretta Lynn’s Crispy Fried Chicken. It is mentioned in her own cookbook, Cookin’ It Country, where she shares 120 of her favorite recipes.

Number Three: Loretta’s Younger Sister Made Her Mark With a Crossover Song

Her younger sister Crystal Gayle is an American country music singer as well. She made her fame momentarily in ’77, with a country-pop crossover song, known as the swanky Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.

Number Four: Her Glamorous Gowns

She was never shy with her opulent gowns. They were always bright and puffy, or full of diamonds. These gowns became her trademark. Even today there is a prominent Facebook page called Loretta Lynn Costumes and Collectors Page.

Number Five: Loretta Lynn Was a Young Grandma

By the time she turned 21 y.o. she had 4 kids. Then by the time she turned 34, she was already a grandma. A beautiful, singer-songwriter grandma!

Number Six: She Can Talk to the Other Side

The singer has repeatedly told the public she has a connection with ghosts, including seeing images of her father after he passed away. This communication with ghosts really set in when she moved to her ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. Her haunted ranch made it on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures.

Number Seven: She is the Host of a Motocross Sport Race

Her ranch in Tennessee is home to the Lynn’s Amateur Motocross National Championship. Lynn has been hosting this event for over 30 years and it is the world’s largest amateur motocross race.

Number Eight: Her Song Is Used by PETA

Loretta Lynn’s song I Wanna Be Free written in ’71 is an anti-chain protest song for the PETA organization. The song is used to advertise and promote against, leaving animals outside tied to chains.

Number Nine: Loretta Lynn Was Honored by Obama

In August of ’13, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to her by President Obama. One of his statements in this award highlighted her ability to break through an industry that was long dominated by men.

Number Ten: One of Lynn’s Most Popular Songs Was Banned

Her song, The Pill written in ’75 was banned by radio stations throughout the United States. The song gives reference to controlling her own reproductive choices. Even though it was banned, the song became her highest-charting pop single and earned her more press than anything prior songs.

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