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Country music star Lynn Anderson dies

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‘Rose Garden’ singer Lynn Anderson dies at 67.

Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic recording (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” died Thursday night of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The singer first rose to stardom in 1996 with the release of her single “Ride, Ride, Ride.” In 1971, Lynn — who was also a regular performer on Lawrence Welk Show — was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She came from a musical family: Her parents Casey and Liz Anderson were both songwriters; the latter penned the Merle Haggard hits (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers and I’m a Lonesome Fugitive. The song did not chart, but her next single “Ride, Ride, Ride” did, and Anderson’s third single, “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away),” earned a Top 5 spot on the country charts. Although she was signed to an independent label, the exposure helped her nab a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville. “He was absolutely wholesome,” she said of Welk in a 1987 interview with The Associated Press. “He felt country music was coming into its own and deserved to be on national TV.

He’s one of my heroes and always will be.” And it was “Rose Garden” that sealed her country music legacy, earning her a Grammy and Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year award in 1971. “It was popular because it touched on emotions,” she told the AP. “It was perfectly timed. It was out just as we came out of the Vietnam years and a lot of people were trying to recover. “This song stated that you can make something out of nothing. It fit me well and I’ll be proud to be connected to it until I die.” She made television appearances with such stars as Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Tom Jones and she performed for presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan.

Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow,” Reba McEntire says in a press release. “I loved her music and her love for horses. “Rose Garden” was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She was also in episodes of the TV show “Starsky and Hutch” and in the 1982 TV movie “Country Gold.” Anderson’s other hits included, “Rocky Top,” ”You’re My Man,” ”How Can I Unlove You,” ”What a Man, My Man Is” and “Top of the World” (also recorded by the Carpenters). She later signed with Permian Records, on which she earned her last Top 10 single, “You’re Welcome to Tonight,” a duet with Gary Morris, in 1983. Her 2004 album, The Bluegrass Sessions, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, and earlier this year, she released a gospel album, Bridges. “It was a pleasure to record with Lynn,” says Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys, who are featured on a track on Bridges. “I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair. Over the last four decades, Rose Garden has been covered numerous times by a wide variety of artists including k.d. lang, Martina McBride, Suicide Machines and Southern Culture on the Skids.

Lynn is survived by her country songwriter father, Casey Anderson, her partner, Mentor Williams, and her children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream. Anderson was also an awarded equestrian and horse breeder, and she supported and worked with numerous charities, including the Roundup for Autism and the Cariety Foundation, among others. Funeral services are being planned for Nashville’s Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park; details will be made available as they are known.

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