Final Notes, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Old-time, bluegrass, and country singer Phyllis Boyens-Liptak died on December 9. One of thirteen children of singer Nimrod Workman and his wife Molly, Boyens-Liptak was born in 1947 in Lobata, West Virginia. She recorded an album, Passing through the Garden, with her father for June Appal in 1975, and made a solo recording, I Really Care, in 1983 for the Rounder label. She came to national attention in 1980 when she appeared in the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, playing Loretta Lynn’s mother. She also appeared in several other films, including Harlan County USA.


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