Lynn Anderson Dies of Heart Attack at 67

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‘Rose Garden’ 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.

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 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. However, later that year her single Ride, Ride, Ride, cracked the country charts, and its successor, If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away) was a Top 5 hit. 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.

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. 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. 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. Anderson was also a horse breeder and an award-winning, lifelong equestrian who became involved in therapeutic horse riding programs for disabled and troubled children.

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