Lynn Anderson was born Sept. 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, N.D., but raised in California. The daughter of country songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, Anderson started performing at the age of six. Her first taste of success came with winning the California Horse Show Queen title in 1966.
Recording for the small Chart label, Anderson cracked the Top 40 that same year with a song written by her mother entitled "Ride, Ride, Ride." In turn, she landed a regular spot on The Lawrence Welk Show. The combination of her stunning looks, a powerful label, and the catchy Joe South song "Rose Garden" catapulted her to stardom in 1971, winning the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year Award and a Grammy® for the song. Anderson also became a popular guest on talk shows, bringing country music to a wider audience.
For the next four years, Anderson charted numerous Top 10 hits including four that landed at No. 1. In 1983, she scored a Top 10 single with "You're Welcome to Tonight," a duet with Gary Morris. In 1992, she released the album Cowboy's Sweetheart.