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