Most netizens knew Clara Marie Ramey Webb as the mother of Loretta Lyn, an American music singer and songwriter. She married Melvin Webb, and they had eight children: Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Melvin Webb Jr, Donald Webb, Herman Webb, Betty Ruth Webb, Jay Lee Webb, and Peggy Sue.
Clara was a homemaker, waitress, and caretaker. Despite her low living standards, she ensured that her children had the basic needs they needed. Clara had a passion for dancing and singing and could do it on stage; luckily, some of her children got that from her. One time in an interview, she said that she sang a song about the Titanic to each of her children when they were born.
Clara’s first husband, Melvin Webb, died from a stroke when he was 52. Melvin was also suffering from black lung disease. She then went ahead to marry her second husband
Her Daughter Loretta
Loretta Lynn was an American country music singer known for her hit songs such as You Ain’t Woman Enough, Fist City, Coal Miner’s Daughter, One’s on the Way, and Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’.
Clara’s daughter was married at a younger age. Happy and tough moments in her early life inspired her to write songs. Her husband bought her a guitar but did not know how to play it, so she started learning how to do it. Through the support and encouragement of her husband, she decided to form a band, which she called Loretta and the Trailblazers.
Her Daughter’s Music Career
Together with her bandmates, Loretta started performing in clubs. She also participated in talent contests, winning a wristwatch in one of them. She was later involved with Zero Records, and after having a record session with her, they saw her potential, and she was able to sign a contract with them.
Soon after releasing her first album, Loretta went on a country music tour. In the same year, she also signed a contract with Decca Records with the help of the Wilburn Brothers and was listed as the number 4 Most Promising Country Female Artist by Billboard Magazine.
With Decca Records, Clara’s daughter released several singles, most peaking at the top 10, and Before I’m Over You peaking at number 4. The others were Wine, Woman and Sing, and Happy Birthday.
Lynn also worked with Conway Twitty, and they were able to release hits that peaked at number 1 for four years. They also did the song, After the Fire was Gone winning a Grammy Award in 1971. Additionally, they were named the Vocal Duo of the Year for the four years they worked together.
Clara’s daughter had a great country music career, winning several Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and Broadcast Music Incorporated Awards, among others. She died in October 2022, aged 90.
Clara, born on May 5, 1912, in Johnson County, Kentucky, died on November 24, 1981, aged 69, in Davidson County, Tennessee, USA. She was buried on November 28, 1981, at the Webb-Butcher Family Cemetery in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky.