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Jack White Remembers Loretta Lynn: ‘The Greatest Female Singer-Songwriter of the 20th Century’

The pair worked together on the Grammy-winning 2004 album 'Van Lear Rose'
Loretta Lynn
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Jack White has paid tribute to the late Loretta Lynn, whom he helped reach a new generation of listeners by producing her 2004 album Van Lear Rose. The project reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and won two Grammy awards the following year. Lynn died Tuesday at the age of 90.

“I said when I was first asked about her what I thought and I said years ago that I thought she was the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century. I still believe that,” White said in an Instagram video.

“Loretta used to say to make it in the business, you had to either be great, different, or first, and she thought that she was just different and that’s how she made it, but I think she was all three of those things and there’s plenty of evidence to back that up too,” he continued.

After reflecting on her brilliance as an artist, White said that “she was just a genius and just brilliant at what she did and we were lucky to have her and people can learn from example the rags to riches part of it and the beautiful natural voice part of it.”


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