Loretta Lynn Among Medal Of Freedom Recipients

Nov 20, 2013

Kentucky native Loretta Lynn received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday.

Credit biography.com

The country music legend was awarded the honor by President Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

"Her first guitar cost $17 and with it this coal miner's daughter gave voice to a generation singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about," President Obama said.

Loretta was born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, a poor Appalachian community, in 1932 and went on to produce a string of classic country songs starting in the 1960s. By the time of her last hit, she had racked up 52 Top 10 hits and 16 #1s. The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s last album was the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose.

Lynn was honored alongside a group that included Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton.