Vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Lynn Anderson is best remembered for her gigantic 1971 crossover hit "Rose Garden." The daughter of songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, she was born in North Dakota and raised in northern California. By the time she was a teen, Lynn was singing, dancing and playing the guitar. In 1965 she joined Country Corners in Sacramento. When her mother Liz went to Nashville to collect a BMI Award (for writing Merle Haggard's first hit, "Strangers"), Lynn accompanied her; while she and her mother sang at a party during the Disc Jockey Convention, she was noticed by Slim Williamson of Chart Records, who signed her to his struggling label. She recorded her first single at the end of 1965 with Jerry Lane; her first solo single, "In Person," followed in 1966, and a year later, Lawrence Welk invited her to become a regular on his show.
She was named Most Promising Female Vocalist in a Cash Box deejay poll, which led to her debuting at the Grand Ole Opry and releasing her first album, Ride, Ride, Ride. In 1968 she married songwriter/producer Glenn Sutton That year she was also named Best Female Vocalist by ACM and left the Welk show to record for Chart until 1970, by which time she had recorded over 100 songs; some of them, such as "Big Girls Don't Cry" (1968) and "That's a No-No," made it to the Top Ten. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Music Guide

 

Article from Music City News - July 1969 

Chart In July

Lynn Anderson Push

    Lynn Anderson is a bundle of versatility wrapped up in one package and labeled TALENT.  The popular pretty little miss has been recording for Chart Records only a few years, but in that short time she has whipped out one hit song after another. This month in honor of her, Chart Records has declared "Lynn Anderson Month."

    She is a very attractive person with an infectious smile and an air of charm mingled in her vivacious personality. She looks rather delicate, but mister when Lynn gets hold of a song look out! She packs a wallop and when she is through singing, you know that song has been sung.

    She sings in a realistic manner, smooth but convincing. Lynn has the polish and pose of a person who grew up on stage crooning to an audience.    

    She is natural and this naturalness has made her one of country music's most explosive personalities.

    These are a few of the reasons she was chosen as a regular on the Lawrence Welk Show in August, 1967. Since that time, she has appeared frequently on coast-to-coast television.

    Daughter of Liz and Casey Anderson, Lynn was born in Grand Folk, N. D. Reared in California, she completed high school and junior college before moving to Nashville with her parents in 1966.

    She came to the attention of Slim Williamson, president of Chart Records, who spotted the "singer's singer" in her and signed her to a recording contract.

    Combined with her own talents and some powerful songs (most of which were penned by her mother-) Lynn Anderson has proved to be the dream of a recording company.

    Her top records include, "Ride, Ride, Ride," "If I Kiss You," "Promises, Promises," "No Another Time," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Flattery Will Get You Everywhere," and "Our House Is Not A Home."

    Lynn has also gained quite a reputation as a Champion rider of horses. She has won more than 100 trophies, and 600 ribbons in California horse shows, rodeos and parades. She won two state Championships and several regional championships and in 1966 was California's Horse Show Queen.

    In 1968 Lynn was married to Glenn Sutton, executive producer for Epic Records in Nashville. They reside in Nashville.

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