Forgotten Artist, Liz Anderson ~ Walk Out Backwards

Liz Anderson (b.13 January 1930) whose real name is Elizabeth Jane Haaby, was born in Roseau, Minnesota to a poor, religious family. Liz started singing and playing with a mandolin at the age of eight at her local church. In 1957, the family moved to Sacramento, California. The limited popularity at the time of country music in California led Anderson to start writing songs. Liz is the mother of country singer Lynn Anderson. Anderson began publishing her songs and made friends within the burgeoning country music community in Bakersfield during the early 1960s. Some of the first hits from her pen were Be Quiet Mind by Del Reeves and Pick of the Week, which was recorded by Roy Drusky in 1964. In 1965, Merle Haggard recorded her song All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers. Anderson won a BMI award for the song. Anderson published over 260 songs during her career and earned five BMI awards. Many major country artists of the 1960s recorded her songs on their albums, including Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Kitty Wells, Connie Smith and Bill Anderson. Anderson’s first hit was in 1967 when she scored a Top-5 hit called Mama Spank. She also wrote hits for Merle Haggard such as All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers and The Lonesome Fugitive. In addition, Liz has written several other songs including I Watched You, Be Quiet Mind and I Don’t Wonder for Del Reeves. The songwriting continued when she wrote Pick of
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