Loretta LynnCountry music legend Loretta Lynn brings her voice and a woman’s point of view to The Mahaffey Theater for a one-night show Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.
Millions who have read her 1976 biography or saw the 1980 film treatment of Coal Miner’s Daughter know that Ms. Lynn grew up in poverty in Kentucky, married Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn at the age of 13, and had four children by the age of 18. She began singing around the house while doing chores, was given a guitar by “Doo” and learned how to play it and wrote her own songs.
“I just wrote about things that happened,” said Ms. Lynn. “I was writing about things that nobody talked about in public, and I didn’t realize that they didn’t. I was having babies and staying at home. I was writing about life. That’s why I had songs banned.”
Her first song, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” became a hit in 1960 and a year later, she was singing regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. Ms. Lynn signed on with Decca Records and her debut, 1962's “Success,” became the first of her 51 Top 10 hits and led to an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry cast later that year.
Most of her songs, she says, are written from a woman’s point of view.
“That’s who I’m singing about and singing to during my shows,” she wrote in her autobiography. “And the girls know it…Most of my fan club is women, which is how I want it.”
Over her 53-year career, Ms. Lynn has amassed various Female Vocalist of the Year trophies, BMI songwriting honors, Gold record plaques and multiple Grammy® awards. She became the first woman in history, in 1972, to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year trophy, was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983, inducted into the national Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 2008 and presented a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Ms. Loretta Lynn, who says she’s not a star, nor a legend, is “just a woman.” Just a woman who has been singing her heart out for 53 years to her millions of fans.
Tickets for Loretta Lynn are $29.50, $35.50, $39.50, $45.50 and $59.50 and may be purchased online, charge by phone at (727) 893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
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