Daniel O’Donnell has shared a warm-hearted tribute to his friend Loretta Lynn following her sad passing yesterday.
The American singer-songwriter, best known as the beloved ‘coal miner’s daughter’, died at the age of 90.
Lynn’s hits included Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’, Honky Tonk Girl and the feminist anthem, The Pill. She recorded 60 albums in total and was nominated for 18 Grammy Awards, winning three.
Ms Lynn famously made a surprise appearance at the Kincasslagh festival in 1997, making it an unforgettable night for Daniel in his hometown.
“Growing up in Donegal right up to the present day Loretta was my favourite country singer,” Daniel said in an online tribute to Ms Lynn.
“Over the years I was blessed to be able to call her a friend and was thrilled to have recorded a duet with her.
“She was my surprise guest at the Kincasslagh festival many years ago and boy was I thrilled that Loretta Lynn made it to Kincasslagh.
“Her legacy will live on in the music she has left behind. My deepest sympathies to all of her family at this sad time. Rest in peace my dear friend, you will always live in my heart.”