Loretta Lynn Posts Heartfelt Tribute to Late Husband on Would-Be 73rd Anniversary

by Emily Morgan

To honor what would have been her 73rd anniversary with her late husband, Loretta Lynn posted a loving tribute that will make anyone shed a tear.

On Sunday, Lynn posted a clip of herself performing the heartbreaking song, “I Can’t Hear the Music,” which she wrote in her husband’s honor after passing away in 1996. 

Alongside the video, she paired with a personal note of remembrance of the anniversary date. Though her message was short, it was full of emotion. 

“Today would be our 73rd anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been that long. We fought hard and we loved hard. He was my biggest fan and the real force behind my career. He’s the only man I ever loved. I miss you, Doo.”

Loretta Lynn’s Longtime Lovestory

Loretta Lynn was just 15-years-old when she married Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn on January 10, 1948. When Lynn found out she was pregnant with their first child, they left their home state of Kentucky and traveled to Custer, Washington.

After settling down, their family quickly grew. Lynn and “Doo” had their first four children, two daughters and two sons born over six years.

Doolittle bought his wife her first guitar in 1953, the year before the Lynns welcomed their son Ernest. That year, he purchased Lynn her first guitar, a $17 Harmony. 

Afterward, she soon started her band, Loretta and the Trailblazers. In 1960, Loretta Lynn cut her first record, and the rest was history.

As Lynn’s career took off, Doo remained her biggest supporter. But there were moments of strife between the couple that led Lynn to center her songs around Doo’s drinking and womanizing, in many of her songs, such as “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin'” and “Fist City.”

However, in her 2002 autobiography, Still Woman Enough, Lynn said something made her keep coming back to Doolittle, no matter how many times he hurt her.

“That belief would be hard to shove out the door. Doo was my security, my safety net. And just remember, I’m explainin’, not excusin’… Doo was a good man and a hard worker. But he was an alcoholic, and it affected our marriage all the way through.”

Despite the tough times, the couple made it work. The couple had been married for nearly 50 years before Doo passed away in 1996 at 69.