Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on September 26, 1947, and raised in California, Lynn's love of country music can be attributed to her mother . . . songwriting great, Liz Anderson. Liz composed such hits as "The Fugitive" and "My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers" for Merle Haggard. Haggard's band, The Strangers, was named for the latter hit.
Lynn's first foray into the music world was when, as a teenager, she entered a singing contest sponsored by the Country Corners program in Sacramento. In her late teens, she became a regular on a top rated network show. When she signed with the Lawrence Welk Show, she became the only country performer featured weekly on national television. By the time she turned 20, Lynn had been with a national recording company for three years, scoring a string of hits: "That's a No No," "Promises, Promises," "I've Been Everywhere," and "Rocky Top."