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Lynn Anderson, Singer of ‘Rose Garden,’ Dies in Nashville

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“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Dead at Age 67.

Singer-songwriter Lynn Anderson, a dynamic Grammy-winning performer whose 1970 single, “Rose Garden,” was a country and pop hit throughout the world, died Thursday night at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a heart attack.

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. As a teenager she often performed on the Country Caravan TV series and in 1966, Anderson signed a deal with Nashville-based Chart Records after accompanying her parents to Music City for the annual Disc Jockey Convention. 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.

Anderson was a regular on the popular Lawrence Welk Show, an outlet which exposed her to a nationwide audience. “It was appointment viewing,” said WSM DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs. “Lynn Anderson really helped expand the boundaries of country music because there wasn’t a lot of (it) on network television at that time.” Ms. Her career began to fade by the early ’80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 hit in 1983 with the Gary Morris duet, “You’re Welcome to Tonight.” She released albums sporadically in recent years with her most recent project, Bridges, coming out just last month. The tune was also a chart-topper in Canada, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand and a Top Five smash in the Netherlands, Austria and the U.K.

Prior to Anderson, Dobie Gray, Billy Joe Royal and Freddy Weller recorded the song, in addition to R&B group the Three Degrees and South himself. “Rose Garden” earned Anderson a Grammy in 1971, the same year she was crowned CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and has since been covered by Martina McBride, k.d. lang, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Glen Campbell and many others. The lilting (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, penned by Joe South, became a worldwide hit with its immediately recognizable intro and catchy lyrics.

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. Funeral arrangements are pending. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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