Lynn Anderson Biography

Lynn Rene Anderson, 26 September 1947, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. Anderson, the daughter of country songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, was raised in California. She started performing at the age of six, but her first successes were in horse shows. Her quarter horses amassed 700 trophies and she won major awards as a rider at shows all over California. In 1966, recording for the small Chart label, she had a US country entry with a song written by her mother, ‘Ride, Ride, Ride’, and then made the Top 10 with ‘If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)’, ‘Promises, Promises’, ‘No Another Time’, and ‘That’s A No No’. She also enjoyed a Top 30 hit duetting with her mother on ‘Mother, May I’.

Anderson secured a residency on The Lawrence Welk Show, and in 1968 married songwriter Glenn Sutton, who then produced her records. In 1970, she began recording for Columbia Records and for the next couple of years placed songs in the country charts with both Columbia and Chart. The combination of her stunning blonde hair and the catchy Joe South song ‘Rose Garden’ (‘I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden’) helped her to number 3 on both the US and UK pop charts. The song also topped the US country charts for five weeks. The album of the same name went gold. Anderson regarded ‘Rose Garden’ as perfect timing: ‘We were coming out of the Vietnam years, and a lot of people were trying to recover. The song’s message was that you can make something out of nothing.’

Although Anderson did not repeat her pop success, she had US country number 1s with ‘You’re My Man’, ‘How Can I Unlove You’, ‘Keep Me In Mind’ and ‘What A Man, My Man Is’. She also enjoyed big hits with ‘Stay There ’Til I Get There’, ‘Cry’, ‘Listen To A Country Song’, ‘Fool Me’, ‘Top Of The World’, ‘Talkin’ To The Wall’ and ‘Wrap Your Love All Around Your Man’. Sutton and Anderson divorced in 1977 after she was promised more than a rose garden by Louisiana oilman Harold Stream III. During this marriage, she concentrated on horse-riding and fund-raising activities, but still made the upper regions of the country charts with singles such as ‘Isn’t It Always Love’ and ‘I Love How You Love Me’.

Upon her separation from Stream in 1982, Anderson returned to the upper regions of the country charts with the Permian release ‘You’re Welcome To Tonight’, a duet with Gary Morris. She recorded briefly for Mercury Records in the late 80s but her singles for the label only made the lower regions of the charts, with her version of the Drifters’ ‘Under The Boardwalk’ the most successful. In the following decade Anderson only released albums sporadically, including re-recordings of her most famous material. The 2004 bluegrass recording The Bluegrass Sessions was her first studio album in 12 years. Later in the year the veteran singer was charged with drunk driving.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.