April 13, 2020
Loretta Lynn has achieved massive stardom, but she's not the only talented member of her family. She has seven siblings, and some of them are also musically inclined.
The "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer was born on April 14, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, as reported by Wide Open Country. She is the second oldest sibling in the Webb family.
Lynn is also not the only singer in the family or the only one who has made a name for herself. Let's meet her seven siblings.
Melvin Webb Jr. Named after his father, Melvin was the oldest of the Webb siblings. He married Bonnie Faye Webb, and together they had nine children. He passed away at the age of 63 on July 1, 1993.
Herman Webb. Next to Loretta Lynn was his brother, Herman, who was born two years after she was. Herman stayed close to home throughout his life.
He lived in Van Lear, Kentucky, and curated the Butcher Hollow homestead. He would give tours of the homestead, where he and his siblings grew up.
The home became famous because of Lynn's song, "Coal Miner's Daughter." He passed away recently, on July 28, 2018. He had three daughters with his wife, Patsy Jean.
Willie "Jay" Lee Webb. Like Loretta Lynn, his younger brother, Jay Lee, also pursued a music career. He became a famous country singer, with his most popular song being "I Come Home A-Drinkin' (To a Worn-Out Wife Like You).
Loretta Lynn recently opened up about the last song she wrote for her late husband.
The song was a comeback to Loretta Lynn's 1967 hit, "Don't Come Home A Drinkin." Jay Lee, who had three children from two marriages, died of pancreatic cancer on July 31, 1996, at the age of 59,
Donald Ray Webb. The fifth in the brood, Donald was a songwriter who penned "Clock on the Wall," a song recorded by his sister Crystal Gayle. He mostly lived a life away from the spotlight, though.
He lived in Wabash, Indiana, with his wife, Debra, and their four children. He passed away on October 13, 2017, at the age of 75.
Peggy Sue Wright. Born on March 25, 1943, Peggy Sue grew up to become a prolific singer. Under her belt are five country music albums.
She also collaborated with her famous sisters, co-writing Loretta Lynn's "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)." She also does background vocals for her sister, Crystal Gayle.
Betty Ruth Hopkins. Little is known about Betty Ruth, Loretta Lynn's second-youngest sister, who was born in 1946. It's known, however, that Loretta Lynn named her oldest daughter, Betty Sue, after her sister.
Crystal Gayle. Like Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, who was born on January 9, 1951, is a country music superstar. Her massive success earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2017, she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, just like Loretta Lynn. She has also received several awards, including a Grammys and multiple American Music Awards.
Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, and Peggy Sue also collaborate musically, as reported by Rolling Stone. They recently performed an emotional rendition of "Put It Off Until Tomorrow," a song written by Dolly Parton and her uncle Bill Owens.
Loretta Lynn recently opened up about the last song she wrote for her late husband, Oliver "Doo" Lynn, prior to his death. She said she sang "Wouldn't It Be Great" to him when he was dying.