October 31

Commemorating Liz Anderson’s 7th Death Anniversary

Today, we remember Liz Anderson on her seventh death anniversary. Let us get to know her song, the music she wrote which were recorded by known country artists, and her inspiration to her daughter Lynn Anderson.

Young Liz Anderson

Elizabeth Jane Anderson was born on January 13, 1927. At a very young age, Anderson began playing the Mandolin. Her exposure to such led her to love music. Moreover, Anderson performed in local churches.

Liz Anderson as a songwriter

Anderson only began writing songs when she and her husband moved to Sacramento, California. The first song she wrote that became a hit was “Be Quiet Mind” for Del Reeves. In addition, her song “Pick of the Week” by Roy Drusky became a hit song for her.

Working with Merle Haggard

It was in 1965 when Anderson worked with Merle Haggard. She wrote the song “All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers.” Because Anderson is a good songwriter and Haggard is an excellent singer, Anderson was able to receive her first BMI award.


Anderson not only worked by writing songs for Haggard, but she also wrote award-winning songs for Tammy Wynette, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, and many more.

Her Singing Career

She wrote songs for a long time, but her career did not only stop there. Anderson was discovered when she was forty years old. Her first album was All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers. It did not enter the Billboard chart. However, her single “Go Now, Pay Later” was able to secure a spot on the Billboard chart. Since then Anderson had songs that entered the Billboard chart. Her highest ranking song on the chart was her song “Mama Spank” in 1967. The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot Country chart. Another song that reached number five on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart was her collaboration with Bobby Bare and Norma Jean known as “The Game of Triangles.”

As A Mother

Liz Anderson became an inspiration to her daughter Lynn Anderson. When she goes on tour, she brings her daughter along. There was an incident when her daughter got to sing with Merle Haggard and Freddie Hart.


Death Anniversary, Liz Anderson

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