Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning crossover hit "Rose Garden," died of a heart attack Thursday night at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was 67 and had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy.
Anderson was born September 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and raised in California. Her parents were songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and Liz wrote the Merle Haggard hits "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive."
In 1966, Lynn released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called "For Better or for Worse." It failed to chart, but she scored her first top-5 country hit, "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)," the following year. Anderson went on to appear on ABC's The Lawrence Welk Show as a regular in 1967 and 1968.
With the release of her first #1 country hit, the Joe South-penned "Rose Garden," Anderson became a crossover star as the song hit #3 on the pop chart. She also won a Grammy Award for the song, in addition to being named the Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1971 CMA Awards. In addition, Lynn took the Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the ACM Awards in 1967 and 1970.
Anderson went on to chart nearly 60 more country hits and had her own CBS television special in 1977. Her career began to fade by the early '80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 country 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 also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville. She is survived by her father, three children and four grandchildren.
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