Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for 'Rose Garden,' dead at 67

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By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Country music singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning smash hit "Rose Garden," has died of a heart attack at a hospital in Nashville, her publicist said on Friday. She was 67.

Anderson, who had recently returned from a trip to Italy, was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Thursday for treatment of pneumonia and died later in the day, spokesman Mark Logsdon said.

“Lynn is blooming in God’s rose garden now,” fellow country star Dolly Parton said after learning of Anderson's death. “We will miss her and remember her fondly."

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the daughter of noted songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson was raised in California, where she began her singing career and also developed into a world-champion equestrian.

Anderson gained her first success in the 1960s, breaking into the country charts with two of her mother's compositions, "Ride, Ride, Ride" and "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)," and following up with the top five hits "Promises, Promises" and "That's a No No."

After landing a prime-time spot as a weekly regular on "The Lawrence Welk Show," Anderson moved to Nashville, signed with Columbia Records and recorded the biggest hit of her career, "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," a song written and originally recorded in the 1960s by Joe South.

The catchy single topped the country charts, climbed to No. 3 on the pop rankings and earned Anderson a Grammy for best female country vocal.

Although Anderson never recaptured the crossover success she attained with "Rose Garden," she went on to chart over a dozen more country tunes through the 1970s, including "How Can I Unlove You," "You're My Man," "Keep Me in Mind" and "What a Man, My Man Is."   Continued...

 
Country music singer Lynn Anderson, escorted by United States Marines, arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Harrison McClary