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19. John Anderson

John was born and grew up in Florida, where his main musical influences were the rock and roll artists like the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. Then once he was 15, he discovered a love for country music thanks to legends like George Jones and Merle Haggard. He fell so hard for country that after playing in rock bands in his hometown, he moved to his sister’s house in Nashville at 16. He took odd day jobs here and there while playing clubs in the evenings. After years of doing this, his break finally came in 1977 when he got a recording contract with Warner Bros. It would still be another few years before he got his first hit, but once he did he was off and running. He had his largest success in 1983, when his song “Swingin” became the biggest-selling Warner Bros single at the time. Unfortunately, his career kind of faded out after that until 1991 when he got a second wave. His run of hits finally ended in the late 90’s, but once it was all said and done, John had a resume of songs that were distinctive and memorable while also having the knowledge that he was one of the members of the “New Traditionalist” movement in the 1980’s that helped bring traditional country music back to radio.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2000
  • Country of Origin: Apopka, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Why they will get in: Beloved artist, lots of hits including a country music smash
  • Why they won't get in: Not as remembered as other artists of his era
  • Radio Career: 1979-1986 & 1991-1995
  • Top Twenty Hits: 28
  • Album Sales: Over 4 million (record keeping wasn’t great)
  • Essential Albums: I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Someday) (From John Anderson 2, 1981)
    Swingin’ (From Wild & Blue, 1983)
    Straight Tequila Night (From Seminole Wind, 1991)
    Seminole Wind (From Seminole Wind, 1992)
    Money In The Bank (From Solid Ground, 1993)

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