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‘Rose Garden’ Singer Lynn Anderson Dies at 67

Country singer Lynn Anderson has died at the age of 67.

The “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” singer passed away at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee from cardiac arrest on July 30.

The singer first earned stardom from her appearances on the “The Lawrence Welk Show” between 1967 and 1969.

“He was absolutely wholesome,” Anderson said of Welk in a 1987 interview, according to WKRN-TV. “He felt country music was coming into its own and deserved to be on national TV. At that time, I was the only one singing country music on national TV every week. He’s one of my heroes and always will be.”

In 1970, Anderson moved from California to Nashville to try and make her own solo career. Her place in country music history was cemented with the release of “Rose Garden,” and earned her both a Grammy and a Female Vocalist of the Year award from the Country Music Association in 1971.

In the next few years, she enjoyed success with singles “You’re My Man” and “Keep Me in Mind,” which were written by her first husband, Glenn Sutton. Anderson took a hiatus from music during the latter half of the 1970s and early 1980s, but returned with her final Top 10 single, “You’re Welcome to Tonight,” a duet with Gary Morris, in 1983.

In recent years, Anderson has focused on her work as a horse breeder and ran many therapeutic horse riding programs for disabled and troubled children in the Nashville area.

Anderson is survived by her partner Mentor Williams and her children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream. Funeral services will be held at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home in Nashville.

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‘Rose Garden’ Singer Lynn Anderson Dies at 67