When you think of states that bare huge numbers of country music artists, Minnesota isn't exactly at the top of the list. As a Minnesotan, I can admit that. The music was definitely popular in mid-century Minnesota, but not many country and western stars were born there. That's why I was very pleased to learn that Liz Anderson, one of the great country composers of the 1960s, was born and raised in the great tundra before moving to California and joining the Bakersfield scene.
Though her own recording career was launched around the same time, Liz is best known as the mother of 1970s country superstar Lynn Anderson. And although they may be associated with the California scene, these two couldn't be MORE Minnesotan. I mean, just Lynn's numerous appearances on the Laurence Welk Show alone practically make her more mid-western white than Garrison Keillor.
But I'm not here to talk about Lynn. Today is about LIZ. After all, there wouldn't be a Lynn without Liz, in more ways than one. In fact, many of Lynn Anderson's early hits were written by Liz, including her first big hit "Ride Ride Ride" which became a bit of a 1960s country standard. She also wrote Merle Haggard's first two big hits.
The compositions of Liz Anderson contained mid-western humor, creative puns, gimmicky lyrics, and often a theme of a woman asserting her power. These are all the elements I love in a country song. Her records sometimes bordered on novelty (as many country songs did during that era) but they usually landed in the category of clever.
I really had a hard time narrowing down my Record of Day selection. It was between her version of "Ride Ride Ride," "Merry Go Round," "Tonight I'll Throw A Party," "Me Me Me Me Me" and the song I ultimately ended up choosing. This song was inspired by a series of commercials made by Excedrin headache medication. I'm in love with the clever tie-in and the pulsating headache gimmick in the production. This shoulda been a huge hit!
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!