Florida-born LaWanda Lindsey was a '60s/'70s second-stringer, recording a few minor hits during the countrypolitan era. She recorded several albums for the Chart label, then fell into Buck Owens' orbit in the early '70s. Here's a quick look at her work...
LaWanda Lindsey "Swingin' And Singin' My Songs" (Chart, 1968) (LP)
(Produced by Slim Williamson & Joe Gibson)
One of the legions of perky gal singers in the 'Sixties, LaWanda Lindsey sounds like a cross between Connie Smith and Tammy Wynette, and while she isn't a particularly distinctive singer, she's still pretty good. At least she's right in the swing of things and in tune with her times, singing not-too-upbeat songs about good girls pitted against wicked "other women." The connection with Tammy Wynette is reinforced by the album's opener, a song called "Singin' My Song" that was cowritten by Wynette and super-producer Billy Sherrill that sounds pretty much like a dry run for "Stand By Your Man." Producer Joe Gibson contributes a trio of negligible tunes, probably so he could make a few extra bucks on the royalties... And LaWanda wrote some stuff, too!
LaWanda Lindsey & Kenny Vernon "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries" (Chart, 1970) (LP)
LaWanda Lindsey "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" (Chart, 1970)
LaWanda Lindsey "Greatest Hits, Volume One" (Chart, 1971)
LaWanda Lindsey "This Is LaWanda Lindsay" (Capitol, 1974) (LP)
(Produced by Buddy Alan)
Somehow, Lindsey got hooked up with Buck Owens and his son, Buddy Alan, who produced this album at their studios in Bakersfield... It's pretty decent early '70s "sunshine country," with LaWanda crooning 'em kinda like Lynn Anderson, the reigning countrypolitan queen at the time. Again, nothing too remarkable... She doesn't stand out as a groundbreaking artist, but she sounds as good as anyone else did, comfortably perched in the country mainstream. This album includes a bunch of less well-known late vintage Buck Owens tunes, a few written by Alan, and also has her last Top 30 entry, Kent Westberry's "Hello Out There." The most memorable tune is probably the sassy, uptempo "I Ain't Hangin' 'Round," which is a Loretta-like war-of-the-sexes novelty number credited to Rocky Topp. Worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of fluffy 'Seventies country-pop.
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