Country Music Artists Remember Loretta Lynn

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Nashville, Tenn. – The country music community reacts after the death of the iconic Loretta Lynn. The ‘Queen of Country’ died today, October 4, at the age of 90.

“England just lost their queen, and today we lost ours. It’s a very sad day for the music industry. Loretta Lynn has gone to her heavenly home. She’s done more for the women in country music than anyone else. She opened every door. Her songwriting was cutting edge and she was never afraid to speak the truth. She loved her family and wrote songs about her upbringing in Eastern Kentucky, but her unforgettable voice and her beautiful smile are what I will remember most about Loretta.She was quirky, one of a kind. Ricky Skaggs

“What a nice lady and genuine country singer. She gave a voice to millions of women who otherwise would not have had a voice. Loretta, we miss you already. -Ray Stevens

“When my old friend, the late and great football coach Bum Phillips, was asked if Earl Campbell was in a class all by himself, Bum replied, ‘Well, if he’s not in a class all alone, it does not take long to check the roll.’ Well, that’s how I feel about Miss Loretta. Rest in peace, my darling. If anyone deserves it, it’s you. I already miss you.” -Larry Gatlin

“Isn’t it funny when you’re so famous you only need one name to let people know who you’re talking about?” Lorette. One of country music’s incomparable archangels, his name evoked deep truths with simple, distilled genius. His voice was loud enough to ring out any scream and carried around the world. She inspired generations of artists, was loved by the world and honored by her children. She lives in her music and in our memories. -Pam Tillis

“Today in the life of country music is one of its greatest losses. Loretta Lynn, the coal miner’s daughter, was the true Rual of country music. She was talking about the rightness of “a song and wrote better than anyone I had ever heard. She will be truly missed. She was one of the strongest parts of country music’s heart.” -Marty Raybon / Shenandoah

“My heart sank when I learned of Mrs. Loretta’s passing. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a sweeter soul. She was so kind to my family and we all loved her beyond words. His gift was raw and real, and no one will ever match it. She was genuine in every sense of the word. The angels will be in awe of his voice. We are all saddened by the news and praying for the family. It is a great loss for the music community and she will be sorely missed.
-Darryl Worley

“As one of God’s great gifts to us goes to the promised land, may we all rejoice in the knowledge that we will one day reach it.”Doug Gray / The Marshall Tucker Band

“Loretta was an icon, both for what is right and just and for what is pure, in country music and in life. She will be missed and her impact will be felt for generations.Aaron Lewis

“Country music will never be the same without our beloved Loretta Lynn. I’m so grateful to have gotten to know her and to call her my friend. When she and Conway recorded one of my songs, it was the thrill of a lifetime. Loretta lived a life of pure, raw honesty and that translated into all of her great songs, which was a beautiful gift she gave to all of us that will live on forever. My heart and prayers are with Loretta’s family at this time of profound loss. Rest in peace Loretta. We love you.”Deborah Allen

“I’m so sorry to hear of Loretta Lynn’s passing. I’ve always been a huge fan of her music and was lucky enough to be able to sing a duet with her on a special. It was a dream come true. reality for me. The world has lost a legend and a beautiful person. Prayers for his family, friends and fans. -Aaron Tippin

“I am very saddened today to learn of the passing of Loretta Lynn. Although she was happily on this Earth for a long life, it is nonetheless hard to hear that we have lost another all-time great. Her timeless songs, her unmistakable voice, and her incredible, legendary story will forever be etched in the history of country music, which she did so much to establish and solidify in the world. Let’s all celebrate the life and memories of a coal miner’s daughter. Rest in peace, Lorette. -Collin Striped

“Being a friend and knowing Loretta for many, many years, I am heartbroken. She will be missed by all of us. God bless her.” -Sammy Kershaw

“Loretta Lynn, without a doubt, was country music royalty. The absolute queen. But for me, she was my best girl!
Billy Dean

“The story of Loretta Lynn reads like a verse from the song ‘Only in America.’ Her story of rags to riches was punctuated with talent, honesty and integrity. country names from a much simpler time.
-Henry Paul / BlackHawk and the Outlaws