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Lynn Anderson

Best known for her Grammy-winning smash "Rose Garden," Lynn Anderson was one of the most popular female country singers of the early '70s, helped by her regular exposure on national television. Anderson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and grew up in Sacramento, California; her mother Liz was a professional songwriter best known for penning Merle Haggard's early hits "(All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "The Fugitive" (the latter with her husband, Carey). Naturally, Lynn picked up music too, and performed as a singer and guitarist during her teen years.

In the mid-'60s, her mother got a recording contract of her own based on her demo tapes, some of which featured Lynn singing background vocals. When the two traveled to Nashville, Lynn wound up recording for the small Chart label, cutting a duet with Jerry Lane as her first single. Her first solo single was 1966's "In Person," and in 1967 she scored her first Top 40 hit with her mother's composition "Ride, Ride, Ride." She burst into the country Top Five with 1967's "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)," 1968's "Promises, Promises," and 1969's "That's a No No." Her success helped her land a spot as a weekly regular on The Lawrence Welk Show for a time, and made her the only country singer of her time to fill such a slot on any TV program. She eventually departed amid objections to singing in stereotypical haywagon settings, but went on to appear on numerous other variety shows.

In 1970, Anderson moved to Nashville with her husband, writer/producer Glenn Sutton, and signed with Columbia. She quickly scored the biggest hit of her career with the Joe South-penned "Rose Garden," which topped the country charts and went all the way to number three on the pop side. It won her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal, and proved a hit in 15 countries. While Anderson never quite duplicated that crossover phenomenon, she racked up 14 more Top Ten hits on the country charts through 1974, including the number ones "How Can I Unlove You," "You're My Man," "Keep Me in Mind," and "What a Man, My Man Is." Her run of success trailed off somewhat in the latter half of the decade, but she continued to make regular appearances on the charts, and finally returned to the Top Ten with 1979's "Isn't It Always Love." She parted ways with Columbia in 1981, and scored one last Top Ten hit for Permian with 1984's "You're Welcome to Tonight." Other than a single for MCA and an album for Mercury, Anderson was silent for the remainder of the '80s; in 1992, she issued the album Cowboy's Sweetheart on the small Delta label.

In 2000, Anderson returned with the concert album Live at Billy Bob's Texas. Four years later, she delivered the studio effort The Bluegrass Sessions, which featured bluegrass reworkings of her hits from the '60s and '70s. The album was well-received and garnered a Grammy Award nomination in 2005 for Best Bluegrass Album. On the heels of her nomination, Anderson appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, duetting with vocalist Martina McBride on her signature hit "Rose Garden." Following her comeback, Anderson kept busy with live appearances including performing at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in 2007, the Stagecoach Festival in Palm Springs in 2009, and joining the Metropole Symphony Orchestra for a series of shows in 2010 and 2011.

In June 2015, Anderson released the album Bridges. Her first studio recording in over ten years, Bridges featured collaborations with the Oak Ridge Boys and the Martins. On July 30, 2015, Anderson died of a heart attack after having been admitted to a hospital in Nashville suffering from pneumonia. She was 67 years old. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Bluegrass Sessions

Disc 1

1. What A Man My Man Is

2. Rocky Top

3. How Can I Unlove You

4. Rose Garden

5. Paradise

6. That's A No No

7. Under The Boardwalk

8. Ride Ride Ride

9. If I Kiss You

10. Top Of The World

11. Big Girls Don't Cry

12. The Worst Is Yet To Come

13. Cry

Disc 2
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Track List: Lynn Anderson Greatest Hits

1. If I Kiss You

2. Promises, Promises

3. No Another Time

4. Big Girls Don't Cry

5. Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

6. That's A No No

7. I've Been Everywhere

8. Rocky Top

9. Stay There 'Till I Get There

10. Rose Garden

11. You're My Man

12. How Can I Unlove You

13. Cry

14. Listen To A Country Song

15. Fool Me

16. Keep Me In Mind

17. Top Of The World

18. Sing About Love

19. Talkin' To The Wall

20. What A Man, My Man Is

21. He Turns It Into Love Again

22. Wrap Your Love All Around Your Man

24. Sea Of Heartbreak

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Track List: Latest And Greatest

1. Top Of The World

2. How Can I Unlove You

3. Rose Garden

4. You're My Man

5. Cry

6. Big Girls Don't Cry

7. Keep Me In Mind

8. Rocky Top

9. Time Alone

10. Give It Up

11. What Fool's Say

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Track List: Bridges

1. Heaven Has A Human Touch

2. Get Up Joseph

3. The Bridge

4. Drift Away (Gospel Version)

5. He Saw It All

6. Meanwhile Back At The Cross

7. Sky Full Of Angels

8. My Guardian Angel

9. Fishin

10. Wanderer's Prayer

11. The Road To Surrender

12. Rise Up

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Track List: Drift Away Gospel (Single)

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Track List: Live At Billy Bob's Texas

1. Listen To The Country Song (Live)

2. Someday Soon (Live)

3. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (Live)

5. Top Of The World (Live)

7. Cry (Live)

9. What A Man My Man Is (Live)

11. How Can I Unlove You (Live)

12. Under The Boardwalk (Live)

13. Faithless Love (Live)

15. Rocky Top (Live)

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Good song ; I ain't really a country fan... Heard this on clock radio set to wake me up first day of school;) She was a real sweet lady
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alp788
where are the lyrics to this song--I love is also
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Great lady who always had time for the fans even in one on one situations. Even if it was the first time she ever met you she made you feel like a long lost friend she didn't seen in years.
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Another angel gone to heaven
Rip Lynn
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I love her version of Sunday Morning Coming Down
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Love Lynn Anderson's music- so very many wonderful songs! My brother-in-l a w used to call her the Woman & a Half! Ha. She is truly a multiple of talent.
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I really love LYNN ANDERSON's wonderful music' keep on singin
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You are Beautiful
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dsiler9
one of my favorite female singers from the 60's
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Great singer.
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Have been lucky enough to see Lynn a dozen times, even got to have lunch with her a few years ago. She is a magnificient lady and one of the greatest singers of all time.
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highplainsma n
I got to see lynn perform live with tammy wynette at ignacio, colorado. guess i was one of the lucky one's...

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