The Story Behind The Song: “How Can I Unlove You”

Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson

Like her earlier blockbuster “Rose Garden,” Lynn Anderson’s “How Can I Unlove You” came from the pen of Joe South. It originated in the midst of 7-Up’s very successful “Uncola” ad campaign. The idea of “unlove” sprang from that. For a country artist, Anderson was unusually enamored with pop singer South’s compositions and she thought “How Can I Unlove You” was a terrific idea for a song.

Also, like “Rose Garden,” the record used a walking bass and shuffle rhythm on its trip to number one, and became Lynn’s third chart-topping effort with her 5th release for Columbia Records. Her former label, Chart (a subsidiary of RCA), continued issuing material on her as well, the most successful of these records being the highest-charting version of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant’s “Rocky Top,” which came in at #17.

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