Lynn Anderson At Grand Ole Opry
The singer and equestrian Lynn Anderson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in September of 1947. The daughter of songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, Lynn lived the most part of her life in Fair Oaks, California, where she developed an interest in both singing and horses at a young age. She won a total of 700 trophies for her shows, including the “California Horse Show Queen” title in 1966. She also landed a gig on the local program Country Caravan during her teen years. In 1965, one of Liz Anderson’s songs, “All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers” was recorded by Merle Haggard and became a Number Ten country hit. Liz was signed on as a recording artist with RCA Victor that year and Lynn chose to accompany her mother to Nashville, where she participated in a sing-along with Haggard and Freddie Hart. Slim Williamson, owner of Chart Records, was present during this sing-along and invited Lynn to sign with his label.
Anderson’s first major hit was “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away),” which peaked Number Five on the Billboard country chart. Her album Promises, Promises featured a single of the same name that landed a spot in the Top Five as well the Top Ten hit “No Another Time.” Shortly after she signed with Chart Records, Lynn became a regular performer on The Lawrence Welk Show and began touring with the show as well. Some of her most successful songs include “That’s a No No” (which reached Number Two in the charts), “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” “You’re My Man” and “How Can I Unlove You.” In the 70s and 80s, Anderson developed a country-pop crossover style that sharpened her image and created a reign of success.
Throughout her career, Anderson has picked up several awards and honors, including the Academy of Country Music Award in both 1967 and 1970 for Top Female Vocalist. She was also the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1971 and the American Music Award’s Favorite Female Country Artist in 1974. Her song “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” won her the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1971 as well, and she has also been named the Artist of the Decade for the 1970s by Record World and Billboard. In 1999, she was inducted into the American Country Music Association Hall of Fame and, in 2007, won the Academy of Western Artists’ Best Western Song, Album and Swing Album awards for her work done on Cowgirl as well as the Best Female Vocalist award.
Lynn Anderson has released over thirty studio albums over the years, as well as fifteen compilation albums. Her album Rose Garden was given Platinum status in both the USA and Canada, and reached Number One on the US Country charts, Number Nineteen on the US charts and Number Five on the Canadian charts.