Lynn Anderson, whose version of the song “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” was one of the biggest country hits of the 1970s, has died. She was 67. Anderson died Thursday of a heart attack at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville after being admitted for pneumonia, publicist Mark Logsdon confirmed.
Anderson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1947, and grew up in Sacramento, California. Born to the music business — both her parents were songwriters — she got her start as a professional singer while still in her teens, releasing her first record, “For Better or for Worse,” when she was 19.
Soon Anderson was having major success, with such hits as 1967’s “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)” and 1969’s “That’s a No-No” and appearances on “The Lawrence Welk Show.”
She had her biggest hit, the Joe South-penned “Rose Garden,” in late 1970 and early 1971. The song was No. 1 on the country charts for five weeks and topped out at No. 3 on Billboard’s pop charts.
Her performance netted the singer a Grammy for best country vocal performance (female) and helped her win female vocalist of the year from the Country Music Association in 1971.
Ms. Anderson had 18 country Top 10 hits, including five No. 1 songs. Among her other hits: “Rocky Top,” the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant tune that’s one of Tennessee’s state songs. Anderson’s version hit No. 17 on the country charts in 1970.
The singer is survived by her father, Casey Anderson, partner, Mentor Williams, three children and four grandchildren.