Country star Loretta Lynn was forced to cancel a pair of concerts this weekend because she is in the hospital. According to her official website, lorettalynn.com, the 76-year-old singer of Coal Miner's Daughter, Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind), I'm a Honky Tonk Girl and You Ain't Woman Enough is being hospitalized for the early stages of pneumonia and, according to her doctors, requires rest.
The hospital stint forced her to cancel shows in Ashland, Kentucky and Durham, North Carolina, though she doesn't expect to be down for long. Lynn was scheduled to perform Saturday at The Paramount Arts Center in Ashland. Tickets for Saturday's and Sunday's shows will be honored when dates are rescheduled, according to the venues where they will be held.
Loretta is doing well and is disappointed but feels confident she will be ready for upcoming November dates, said her site.
The singer has postponed performances before because of health issues. In August, Lynn canceled shows because of knee surgery. Before that, she returned to live performances with a show at the Grand Ole Opry after being forced to cancel shows in Ohio and Connecticut because she was hospitalized for heat exhaustion.
The daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, Lynn had a string of hits starting in the 1960s, including Coal Miner's Daughter, You Ain't Woman Enough, The Pill and One's on the Way.
Lynn, whose astonishing personal narrative was adapted into the 1980 Sissy Spacek film Coal Miner's Daughter, received a career resurgence in the past decade thanks to Van Lear Rose, her award-winning 2004 album produced by Jack White.
More recently, Lynn marked 50 years in country music and won two Grammy awards in 2005 for her album Van Lear Rose.