“He said, ‘I want to tell you that Coal Miner’s Daughter is one of the greatest written country songs that I have ever heard. Nobody can ever cut you down for writing that song.’ That was a great compliment for me.”

Loretta dealt with a lot of heartache in her marriage, and has faced more than her fair share of tragedy and loss. Her eldest son Jack Benny drowned on the family’s ranch in 1984 aged 34, and her eldest child, daughter Betty Sue, died of Emphysema in 2013 aged 64. Two of her siblings have also died. In 2006, she had a bad fall and had to have major surgery on her shoulder. She almost died during the operation and had to be revived by doctors.

So has she injected all that pain and trauma into the songs she has written and her performances, and does she consider herself a survivor? “Yeah I am a survivor and it is true I have had pain. But no matter how many records and success you have, you gotta keep working hard to keep them records going.”

She has said she would rather write than sing; citing writing songs as helping her get through tough times. She has penned more than 200 songs in her career. She still writes her songs the same way she always has; with a piece of paper and a pencil, admitting she does not know how to turn on a computer, let alone write songs on one!


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