The story of John Anderson and his platinum-plus album, Seminole Wind, is the story of the country music “come-back” of the decade. It’s the story of just reward for a singer who originally took country music by storm and helped keep it true to its roots back in the early ’80s, with “Swingin’” the first Platinum country single ever, and the #30 juke box hit of all time above the Beatles “Hey Jude” at #31. Swingin’” was named the Country Music Association’s 1983 Song of the Year.
His memorable hits from that musical era included “Wild and Blue,” “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal,” “1959,” “I Just Came Home To Count The Memories,” “Black Sheep.” “ Awards include a 1996 Grammy® Award for Amazing Grace: A Country Salute To Gospel. In 1994 the Academy of Country Music honored him with their Career Achievement Award. The same year he received the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award for Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, for his part in the collaboration.
James Taylor’s version of the Anderson mega-smash Seminole Wind graces his Covers album. And Dire Straits’ leader and rock legend Mark Knopfler has worked with Anderson on record and in concert.
Anderson remains a major influence to many of today’s country artists, as a colorful character and a true country music treasure.