Loretta Lynn, 81, Cancels 2 Iowa Shows, Cites Exhaustion

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Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 06:27 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Country music legend Loretta Lynn, 81,  has canceled two shows in Iowa, citing exhaustion according to a statement on the award-winning singer's website.

"Lynn started feeling poorly midway through her three week tour (in Canada)," a representative for the singer posted on the site. "Loretta is a pro and wants to give her fans the best show possible. She felt she physically was unable to do that."

The website stated that Lynn, 81, will be treated for exhaustion, but plans to reschedule both shows at a later date.

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According to her website, Lynn is scheduled to appear at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, N.Y. on Nov. 14; Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pa., on Nov. 15; and the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, W.Va., on Nov. 16. Lynn has four concerts scheduled in December as well.

On top of that, Lynn will be one of 16 individuals presented with the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 20, reported Country Weekly. She will be joined by Oprah Winfrey and President Bill Clinton.

Country Weekly wrote that Lynn had to cancel two shows in September after an accident at home.

The Grammy Award winning artist, whose life was chronicle in her autobiography and award-winning movie "Coal Miner's Daughter," has scored more than 70 hit songs as a solo and duet artist in the 1960s and 1970s, reported CMT.com.

Lynn backed away from recording concentrating on performing during the 1980s and 1990s, wrote CMT.com. In 1993, she collaborated with Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton for the "Honky Tonk Angels" album. She won her last two Grammy Awards in 2005, including best country album, 2005 for "Van Lear Rose," with White Stripes guitarist Jack White, wrote CMT.com.

Married at 13, Lynn had four children before deciding to sing professionally, according to History.com.

"Loretta Lynn's record sales and chart performance . . . were enough on their own to qualify her for genuine 'legend' status among country singers, but her contribution to the genre went beyond mere popularity," noted History.com. "As a woman writing much of her own material and writing it from a strong, feminine perspective, Lynn helped transform the role of women in country music."

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