‘Rose Garden’ singer Lynn Anderson dies

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

It was a multi-week Number One in the U.S., along with several European countries, and its namesake album held the title of the best-selling country LP by a solo female artist from 1971 until Shania Twain broke its record in 1997. 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. She became Tennessee’s favorite daughter with her version of the Osborne Brothers’ “Rocky Top,” which, starting in the early Seventies, became the signature song played at the University of Tennessee’s football games — and still is to this day. 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.

Anderson is survived by her father Casey, partner Mentor Williams, three children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream, and four grandchildren. 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.

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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