Now there was a song

ZZ Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson/photo submitted

By Doug Davis

This week in 1974: The Watergate cover-up trial began; President Ford called on Americans to cut their driving by 5 percent and to use cold water for wash to combat the energy crisis; former President Richard Nixon was in critical condition after massive internal bleeding following an operation for a blood clot; and a singer from Grand Forks, North Dakota had her 33rd hit record.

A lot of hits were originally written for certain artists but wound up being recorded by someone else. According to Glenn Sutton, Lynn Anderson’s 1974 number one “What A Man My Man Is” was just such a song.

Glenn commented, “I actually wrote that song for The Lennon Sisters. They were signed to record for Atlantic Records and the label A&R man Rick Sanjek asked me to do an album on them. I had that song just about finished. I therefore flew to Las Vegas where The Lennon Sisters were opening for Andy Williams.

“I had never met them. I went backstage and talked to them and gave them that song and four or five others. They loved the songs but never did record them. They supposedly got into some kind of contract dispute with Atlantic Records and the whole project went down the drain. Later on, Lynn decided she wanted to record the song. So she did and had a big hit on it.”

Lynn Anderson’s “What A Man My Man Is” entered the country music charts on October 28, 1974 and made it to number one. It was Lynn’s 33rd charted song and her fifth number-one. The Columbia single was on the charts for 13 weeks.

Lynn placed 60 songs on the country music charts between 1966 and 1989.

She died July 30, 2015. She was 67 years old.

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