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Lynn Anderson died much too soon last Thursday, July 30, 2015.
 
I did an In The Spotlight tribute to this great lady of country music two years ago, which spotlighted my two favorite Christmas songs by her, as well as her great iconic classic hit, Rose Garden.
 
Click here and honor Lynn by enjoying some of the great music that she left us with.
 
By the way, I will soon be officially announcing the full list of Real Gone Music's 2015 Christmas CD releases; however, this sad occasion gives me the opportunity to wistfully announce that one of the upcoming releases will be an expanded edition of Lynn's great 1971 Christmas album.
 
Oh, and one last thing, coincidentally enough, one of the twenty-two songs that I had chosen for the proposed 5th hour of the Yule Log (to celebrate its 50th anniversary), was my all-time favorite Christmas song by her, Mr. Mistletoe.



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Re:Sad departing of Lynn Anderson

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I'm very very sorry ...
I clearly love the 1971 "Christmas Album" but I also like the 1999 "Home for Christmas" ...

PS - She died for pneumonia following a trip to Italy (MY COUNTRY!!!)
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Re:Sad departing of Lynn Anderson

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Hello Chip,

I was very sad to hear about the passing of country-pop singer Lynn Anderson as well.  Who cannot forget her iconic version of Joe South's Rose Garden which won her a Grammy if I am correct.

I got a chance to meet her in 2012 after a show at a casino where my lady works as a Manager.  She put on a great show and met with us and any fans who wanted to talk to her and get  an autograph as well.  She was both gracious and warm to everybody even though she was probably a little tired after putting on a great show.  You never know how a show is going to be when you see a performer in their later years, but both her voice and showmanship did not disappoint us in the least.

I was equally excited to hear about the Real Gone Music release of her storied Christmas album as well.  Ironically, I had been trying to track down a version of it for the last couple of years since its rates well on your Top 500 list. How exciting that we will have an extended version hopefully with the original album cover art and great remastering.

Wow, why do I get the feeling that I am going to want all 13 of Real Gone's Christmas album releases this October. I will be eagerly checking for your Chip's Tips latest edition when it comes on line!

Best Regards,

Steve
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Re:Sad departing of Lynn Anderson

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Giampiero:


Sì, è molto triste che Lynn è morta.




Steve:


Yes, that is correct: Rose Garden was indeed a Grammy Award-winning song for Lynn. I mentioned that at the end of my 2013 In The Spotlight tribute to her (click here). That's great that you got to see her in concert. Where and when was it?




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Hello Chip,

Lynn Anderson's concert was at the Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River, California which is located in Northern California just across from the Oregon border town of Brookings, where my lady and I live.  The concert was on October 20, 2012 as we still have the ticket stubs which we usually try to save as a momento.  My gal even had her picture taken with her after the show which I had forgotten.

I just remember how strong her voice was and she had a really crisp and tight backing band as well.  She was also extremely polite and friendly to her fans she met with after the concert.

I also noticed on Amazon that tons of her fans in their comments on her Christmas album have been pleading for this album to be re-released on CD again. Once again I can't say enough about your efforts to get these classic albums released again in a proper CD remaster. You have made my life so much richer by introducing me to some glorious Christmas music from the past like Mantovani's Christmas Carols album which I absolutely worship and Franks Devol's The Old Sweet Songs Of Christmas which you helped get released last year.

I also dream like many of your followers of a proper remastered CD release of the greatest instrumental Christmas album of all time, Music Of Christmas, by
the incomparable Percy Faith.

Thanks again, Chip.

Best Regards,

Steve
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Re:Sad departing of Lynn Anderson

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You're very welcome, Steve. It is very rewarding to bring this great Christmas music into people's lives. It is also very rewarding that by virtue of my efforts to preserve, protect and promote this treasured music that at the same time I also help to preserve, protect and promote the legacy of these great music artists. It is my way of paying them back for all the pleasure that they have given me over the years with their magnificent music.


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Re:Sad departing of Lynn Anderson

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I haven't been online much lately, and I missed the news about Lynn's passing.  She was one of the best Country Music Singers from a time when Country Music among other music was at it's best; when the songs meant something to almost anyone during the 1960's and 1970's before the music changed in basically all genre.

Her music and memories will live on in all of us who loved her, and with Chip's efforts, her Christmas music will be there for the next generation, and generations to come.

In some ways, I think of her as The Queen of Country Music.  Yes, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, among others fill that category too, but IMO, Lynn was the best.

She will be sorely missed.
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To Lynn, Tammy and Loretta I would add Patsy ...
I keep wonderig:
AS IT IS POSSIBLE TO DIE OF PNEUMONIA AT AGE 67 IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM LIKE A HUNDRED YEARS AGO!!!

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Yes, Patsy Cline must definitely be on that list of the great Queens of Country Music; as well as Brenda Lee, and, of course, 
the pioneer who led the way as the first true reigning Queen of Country Music: Kitty Wells.

Kitty's and Brenda's Christmas albums both reside in the 1st Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #21 and #22 respectively. In addition, I have chosen two songs by each of these ladies for my proposed 5th hour of the Yule Log telecast (to celebrate the program's 50th anniversary). Oh, and regarding Ms. Kitty, I did an In The Spotlight tribute to her back in 2009 (click here).



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YES! Kitty Wells is absolutely the first queen of country music while young Brenda Lee is more rock than country ... I adore both but tone of voice of Patsy Cline is insurpassed. It's a very shame that she never recorded Christmas songs.
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No, that's clearly not true about Brenda Lee. She was quite multifaceted and covered three different music genres: Country, Rockabilly and Pop -- and all in one nice compact 4' 9" frame; hence, the nickname "Little Miss Dynamite." Her country music roots were strong, as she was one of the great acts that were produced by the legendary Nashville country music producer Owen Bradley. In fact, it was Owen Bradley himself who was responsible for Brenda's most iconic hit, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree. By the way, Brenda has the distinction of having been inducted into three music halls of fame: the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It's quite an accomplishment for this little native Georgia gal who now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.


As for Patsy Cline, if it wasn't for her premature death in that tragic plane crash, I'm sure that she would have indeed eventually recorded a Christmas album. And if she had, it more than likely would have been produced by the aforementioned man himself, Owen Bradley, who was one of Patsy's producers as well. With Owen at the helm, and Patsy's beautiful voice, it would have been a spectacular Christmas album.




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Re:Sad departing of Lynn Anderson

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Yes yes I agree. I just wanted to say that Kitty was more traditional country singer ... however I'm crazy about Brenda!
PS - I dream of Patsy that sings "I'll be home for Christmas" with the intensity of "Sweet dreams" ...








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Yes, Kitty was definitively a more traditional country singer with that indelible and inimitable signature honky-tonk sound.

As for Patsy, yes, with her great vocal range and tonality, she would have done great justice to so many great Christmas songs.


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What do you think about this Patsy Cline hypothetical Christmas album:

I'll be home for Christmas

There's no place like a home for the holidays

Be a Santa

Winter wonderland

Blue Christmas

Here comes Santa Claus

Christmas eve in my home town

O little town of Bethlehem

Away in a manger

Scarlet ribbons

It came upon the midnight clear

Hard candy Christmas (not yet written)

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Anything Patsy would have done would have been fine with me. It's really quite surprising that Decca Records hadn't asked her to do a Christmas album up to the time of her death. It's a loss for all of us.

Another one of the Queens of Country Music was the great Connie Smith. She never had any significant crossover-to-the-pop-charts success, so she is mostly only known today among country music fans. She had a whole slew of country hits as well as a fantastic 1975 Christmas album that resides in the 2nd Tier of my
Top 500, coming in at #240. This album has never been released on CD before, and someday I'd like to get it back in print.



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Re:Sad departing of Lynn Anderson

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I totally agree. Every Christmas song would be wonderful by Patsy's voice and is really strange that in the golden era of Christmas songs Decca never recorded Patsy Christmas album (but don't worry Dolly Parton has made two ah ... ah ...).
About Connie I think he was very underestimated. I always loved her great vocal power and Christmas album is magnificent.
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Regarding a Patsy Cline Christmas LP that was never made, since Willie Nelson was the young songwriter who wrote her biggest hit, my guess is that Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" would have been introduced by Ms. Patsy Cline before the great Mr. Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell and Willie himself.
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Johnny,

Willie Nelson's song Pretty Paper would have fit Patsy perfectly; however, even if Patsy had lived until late 1963, she wouldn't have had first dibbs on the song. The reason is that Willie pitched the song to Monument Records founder and producer Fred Foster in late 1963 for his contractee Roy Orbison. This was a goodwill gesture on Willie's part as a precursor to his being signed by Monument in early 1964. Ironically, his tenure at Monument was quite ephemeral, as it only lasted until the fall of 1964 and produced only one 45-rpm single, I Never Cared For You.

As for Willie's song Crazy, ironically, when the great producer Owen Bradley first presented Patsy with the song, she was initially reticent to record it. But after Mr. Bradley encouraged her to tailor it to her own inimitable style, she was happy with the results and, of course, it became a big hit.

Notwithstanding, by far, my all-time favorite song by Patsy is I Fall To Pieces, which was the first of her two #1 country hits (the second being my second favorite song by her, She's Got You). Even though Crazy was her biggest pop hit (#9 versus #12 for I Fall To Pieces), it only reached #2 on the country charts. Whereas I Fall To Pieces and She's Got You both hit #1 on the country charts.


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Thanks Chip, did not know Willie made that a part of the Monument Record deal.

John

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We will never had a Patsy Cline Christmas album but we have an ignored (but beautiful) Bonnie Guitar Christmas album (great voice and many arrangements in the style of Patsy Cline).
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Bonnie Guitar's 1966 Dot Records Christmas album resides in the "Bubbling Under" section of my Top 500, coming in at #364.


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Dot is Universal ... then we will never see the Bonnie Guitar Christmas album on CD (i really hope in Real Gone ...)
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