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Following stroke, Loretta Lynn determined to sing again

Loretta Lynn’s new album, “Wouldn’t it Be Great,” is out Sept. 28.
Loretta Lynn’s new album, “Wouldn’t it Be Great,” is out Sept. 28. Invision/AP

After suffering a stroke in May that led to her canceling several shows, country music icon Loretta Lynn is determined to sing again, according to her brother, Herman Webb, in an interview with Closer Weekly.

In the current issue of the magazine, Webb says that music has been therapeutic for Lynn, 85, adding that “it’s all she lives for.”

Lynn was hospitalized after suffering a stroke on May 4 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., and is expected to make a full recovery.

This isn’t Lynn’s first setback with her health. The singer-songwriter fell, injuring her chest last September prior to a Labor Day Weekend performance in Hurricane Mills that led to the postponement or cancellation of several shows, including an appearance at The Grand Ole Opry and at Renfro Valley in Mount Vernon. She currently has a sold-out show on the Renfro Valley schedule for Nov. 18.

Born in 1932 in Butcher Hollow, a small coal mining town in Johnson County, Lynn penned several hits beginning in the 1960s with “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “The Pill” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough.” Lynn is also a four-time Grammy Award winner and has sold 45 million records worldwide spread across 60 albums and over 160 songs, including 10 No. 1 albums and 16 No. 1 singles.

Lynn, who despite her age and recent health struggles, still tours regularly and is set to release her latest album “Wouldn’t it be Great” on Aug. 18.

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