Happy Memorial Day weekend, keep it safe on the roads and on the water.

We’re featuring Loretta Lynn tomorrow, so join me at 11 am on the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight on May 28th.  The Country Classic Show begins at 9 am at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download our new 98.1 mobile app.

As many of you know country legend Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on May 4th. She was admitted to a hospital in Nashville, not far from Hurricane Mills. The 85-year-old country singer is now in rehabilitation and is doing well according to a post on her website.  She is under medical care and is expected to make a full recovery.  Lynn has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she recuperates.


When Lynn wrote songs, she wrote about everyday life. Love, heartbreak, double standards, motherhood and even contraception like her 1975 hit “The Pill” which scored a number five on the country chart.  Some country radio stations refused to play “The Pill” on their airwaves.

Lynn never remarried after her husband of 48 years, Oliver Doolittle, died in 1996. Up until her stroke she regularly toured with three of her children -- they were her backing band, The Coal Miners: Ernest Ray and the twins Patsy and Peggy.

Through her 60-year career, she won countless awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Loretta get well and back on the road!


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