Country singer Lynn Anderson dies at 67; Grammy winner was known for ‘Rose Garden’

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Country Singer Lynn Anderson Dies.

The country music world lost a superstar this week. , the husky voice behind the hit single “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, July 30. Anderson first rose to fame in the late ‘60s as a young singer on The Lawrence Welk Show, which helped her land a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville in 1970.

She continued to record music up until her death, and her latest song “Bridges” was released in June, but it was “Rose Garden” that earned Anderson her fame. The song earned her a Grammy and a Country Music Association award for female vocalist of the year in 1971. “It was popular because it touched on emotions,” she told The Associated Press of the song’s widespread reception in a 1987 interview. “It was perfectly timed. Born to the music business — both her parents were songwriters — she got her start as a professional singer while still in her teens, releasing her first record, “For Better or for Worse,” when she was 19. Soon Anderson was having major success, with such hits as 1967’s “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)” and 1969’s “That’s a No-No” and appearances on “The Lawrence Welk Show.” She had her biggest hit, the Joe South-penned “Rose Garden,” in late 1970 and early 1971.

It fit me well and I’ll be proud to be connected to it until I die.” Once she found her spot in the limelight, Anderson’s star continued to rise. The song was No. 1 on the country charts for five weeks and topped out at No. 3 on Billboard’s pop charts. “I totally believed in Joe South, and in this song,” she told Country Stars Online.

Over the course of her prolific career, she also released hits such as “Rocky Top,” “You’re My Man,” “What a Man, My Man Is,” and “Top of the World.” “My music came from left field,” she said. “I was sincere about singing country. 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.

A share of the credit, Anderson added, was due to then-Columbia Records head Clive Davis, whom she called “my hero.” It was Davis who championed the song as a single and helped promote it. But I can see how my music might have been a little off-center for a traditional country fan.” Anderson is survived by her father, country singer Casey Anderson; her partner Mentor Williams; and her children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel, and Gray Stream.

A Taos judge issued a restraining order in 1995 against Anderson after her boyfriend said she had threatened him following the end of their 12-year relationship. In 2005, Anderson was accused of shoplifting a “Harry Potter” DVD from a Taos supermarket and then punching a police officer as she was being put into a patrol car.

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