Update: Funeral services for late country singer Lynn Anderson are set to take place this Tuesday and Wednesday. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, followed by a celebration of life service on Wednesday. Both will take place in Nashville and will be open to the public. Anderson passed away from a heart attack last Thursday. She was 67. Her family has also released a list of charities close to Anderson’s heart, where fans wishing to commemorate her can donate.
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 had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy. She was 67 years old.
Lynn Rene Anderson was born Sept. 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, N.D., and raised in California.
For two years during the late 1960s, Ms. 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.”
In 1970, Ms. Anderson moved from California to Nashville, and signed with Columbia Records. In October of that year, she released what would become her signature song, and one of country music’s classics. The lilting “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” The recording also netted Ms. Anderson a Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy Award, and in 1971, the Country Music Association named her Female Vocalist of the Year.
This summer, she seemed poised for a comeback: in June of 2015, she released the inspirational gospel album “Bridges,” which garnered positive reviews, and appeared at the CMA Music Festival.
Ms. 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.
She is survived by her father, three children—Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream—four grandchildren and her partner Mentor Williams.
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