Dolly Parton has paid tribute to the “wonderful talent” Loretta Lynn, following the death of the country star at the age of 90.
“So sorry to learn about my sister friend, sister Loretta,” said the singer.
“We’ve been sisters for all the years that we’ve lived living in Nashville And she’s an amazing person.”
Carole King, Carrie Underwood, Billy Ray Cyrus and Jack White have also paid tribute to Lynn who was famous for her tune Coal Miner’s Daughter.
White who released her album alongside the superstar in 2004, described her as the singer a “mother persona” and “the greatest female singer-songwriter from the 20th century”.
“She was an amazing presence and a stunning genius in ways I believe only those who were fortunate enough the chance to collaborate with her not be aware of,” he said in an Instagram video.
“What She did in the name of women’s rights, in a period, in a style of rock that is most difficult to accomplish in, is simply outstanding and will be remembered for an extended period of time.
“She removed a number of barriers for those who followed her.”
The country singer passed away on Tuesday in the home she shared with her family at Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, her family announced in an announcement.
She made her name famous through songs that addressed the challenges of women at the time that country music could be seen as a way to silence women’s voices. Her songs were filled with the spirit of rural life, determination, as well as autobiographical details from her own, sometimes turbulent wedding.
The Queen Loretta Lynn, the queen of Country country music Loretta Lynn dies aged 90
Her most famous song, Coal Miner’s Daughter, was a tribute to her humble beginnings as a child in a single-room log home located in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, where she was the third in a family of 8 siblings.
Other hits, such as The Fist, Rated X and Don’t Drink Until You Get Home’ were expressions of female strength and fighting back against men who are not loyal to them.
“Up to now , I’ve been a sexy object that was made to plead with to you” the singer sang in 1978’s album We’ve Come A Long Way Baby. “Times have changed, and I’m now demanding my satisfaction as well.”
Some of her tracks included The Pill, which celebrated reproductive freedom, irked the conservative radio hosts who controlled country radio however, she managed to score 16 hits that reached the top of the charts, and had a profound impact on generations of listeners.
“I certainly appreciate her for making the rough and rocky road for us all female singers,” said country star Reba McEntire on Instagram.
“She has blazed many trails for us women in country music,”” acknowledged Miranda Lambert.
“It’s safe to say that I would never be creating the country genre today if it wasn’t due to Loretta Lynn,” added Margo Price. “Her music was written as authentic as long as the day.”
Carrie Underwood shared the story of her first meeting with Lynn at the Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in an extensive Instagram post.
“I was talking at the side of the room with an artist, and someone came behind me and hit me in the back!” she recalls.
“I looked around and there was she, dressed in a sparkling dress and laughing while she walked through the hall, chuckling at the things she’d done.
“This is among my favourite stories to share. It summarizes her personality quite well. She was a cantankerous firearm… warm as well as charming… always scared to be herself or be herself.”
Underwood said: “She is irreplaceable. She will be greatly loved… however, her legacy lives on through the people she has inspired.”
Carole King called Lynn an “inspiration” and k.d. lang said she was “joyous strong, fierce, and unique”.
Billy Ray Cyrus said that “one of my greatest honors” was when Lynn accepted to perform a duet with him as well as George Jones on the song Country Music Has The Blues.
“She handed me this beautiful present on the day she gave it to me,” he added, along with a photograph from a signed photo the album of Lynn Van Lear Rose.
Lynn’s half-sister and fellow country singer Crystal Gayle simply tweeted: “The world lost a legend. We lost a sister. Love you, Loretta.”