Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2003 Loretta Lynn was recognized during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., by president George W. Bush?

It's true!  Carol Burnett, James Brown, Itzhak Perlman and movie director Mike Nichols celebrated with her.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Loretta Lynn.

  • She was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She was the second of eight children, and older sister to Crystal Gayle.
  • She married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn at the age of 13, had four children by the time she was 17, and was a grandmother by the age of 29.
  • She grew up singing in church, and at the age of 18, taught herself how to play a guitar.
  • She appeared on a televised talent contest, hosted by Buck Owens, where she was seen by Norm Burley who was one of the founders of Zero Records. They signed her to their label, and she recorded her first album, Honky Tonk Girl.
  • She was the first woman in country music to have fifty Top 10 hits. Her songs were many times autobiographical, and very empowering to women.