John Anderson started out playing rock and roll music, but switched to country when he noticed his sister, who was in a country band, was playing to sell out crowds in the central Florida area. John moved to Nashville in 1971.


When John got there he played the clubs and helped build what is now the the Grand Ole Opry House.

Warner Bros. records signed him in 1977 but it wasn't until three years later in 1980 that Anderson hit the Top 10 with the song "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal".

But in 1983, everyone stood up and took notice of Anderson when he released a song he co-wrote called "Swingin'". It became the biggest selling single in Warner Bros. history. The song captured the CMA "Song of The Year" award and Anderson also won the CMA"s "Horizon Award".

In fact this week in 1983 "Swingin'" was certified gold for selling 500,000 copies. Just recently Leann Rimes did a cover version of the song.

But there's nothing like the original.



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