Loretta Lynn To Get Doctorate

The Coal Miner's Daughter soon will receive a new moniker -- Dr. Loretta Lynn. The University of Kentucky's board of trustees has approved an honorary doctorate for the 66-year-old country singer and

The Coal Miner's Daughter soon will receive a new moniker -- Dr. Loretta Lynn. The University of Kentucky's board of trustees has approved an honorary doctorate for the 66-year-old country singer and Johnson County, Ky., native. Lynn will receive the honorary doctorate in arts at a ceremony during the Society for American Music's 28th annual meeting March 6-10 on the university's Lexington campus.

Her autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," prominently featured her hometown of Butcher Hollow. The best-selling book later was made into a 1980 feature film of the same name starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones. Spacek won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn.

Lynn grew up in poverty in Kentucky and gave birth at 14 to the first of her six children. She has sustained a 40-year career with hits such as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" and "You Ain't Woman Enough."

Lynn has a handful of Southern U.S. tour dates scheduled late next month. She'll appear Feb. 16 at the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula, Miss., host a two-night stand Feb. 21-22 at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, La., and turn out a set Feb. 23 at Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth, Texas. She also has dates spread about much of the country through the end of the year. For more information, visit the artist's official Web site.


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