Last Week saw the sad passing of one of country music’s best loved stars in Lynn Anderson. Born in Dakota and raised in California, music runs through the Anderson family with parents Liz and Casey being country songwriters. After signing with Chart records in 1966, Anderson’s first single “For Better or for Worse was a duet with Jerry Lane. Her first commercial success came with the release of her third single “Ride, Ride, Ride” making the Country Top 40. In 1967 Anderson released “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)” (a song written by her mother) which became Anderson’s first top-ten single. With chart success and Regular appearances on the Lawrence Welk show, Anderson was steadily becoming a household name and signed to Columbia Records in 1970.
Her first release on Columbia Records was the Joe South song “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” which became a huge worldwide hit. This was quickly followed up with an album titled “Rose Garden” in 1971 which achieved platinum certification as well as a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Her second album “Top of the World” followed in 1973 which saw Anderson covering The Carpenters for the title track. With the crossover success she was having, Anderson made many television appearances throughout the 70’s including The Tonight Show and a starring role in Starsky & Hutch. After steadily releasing music throughout the decade Anderson’s final album with Columbia Records came in 1980 with “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”.
After a three year break from recording Anderson returned in 1983 with the album “Back” which featured “You’re Welcome to Tonight”, a duet with Country star Gary Morris. She continued to release music throughout the 80’s and 90’s as well as enjoying more time focusing on her impressive equestrian career, picking up no less than 16 National, 8 World and several celebrity championships. Anderson remained musically active into the millennium, with 2004 release “The Bluegrass Sessions” earning a Grammy nomination. Her final release was “Bridges” in the early half of June this year.
Lynn Anderson sadly passed away from a heart attack on the 30th of July 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.