Remembering Lynn Anderson

Remembering Lynn Anderson

By: Derrek Kupish

Nashville, TN. – Friends, family and the country music community will pay tribute to Lynn Anderson this Wednesday, August 5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The funeral for the country music legend will begin at 11 a.m at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home (660 Thompson Lane). Services are open to the public.

Anderson, who was 67, was best known for her 1970 hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden.” She died Thursday night of a heart attack in Nashville.

Lynn Anderson landed her first record deal when she was 18-years-old.

She was the first female artist to sell out and headline Madison Square Garden.

Country music artists are mourning the death of Anderson, including those who shared the stage with her like Dolly Parton.

Parton performed two sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium over the weekend and reflected on precious memories with Anderson through the years.

“I was so sad to hear like everybody else to hear that Lynn Anderson passed away. She’s around my age group," Dolly Parton said. “We’ve used to work together a lot doing different packaged shows while singing many times right here at the Ryman Auditorium.”

Other country music superstars are morning the death of multi-million selling and award-winning country music icon.

“I am a huge fan of Lynn’s,” Reba McEntire said. “She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music. Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. ‘Rose Garden’ was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed.”

“I met Lynn after I did a version of her song ‘Rose Garden’ on my album, Timeless,” Martina McBride said. “She sent me roses and a sweet note. I was honored to share the stage with her at the Grand Ole Opry where we sang a version of ‘Rose Garden’ together. I’ll never forget it. She was always so gracious and sweet to me.”

Anderson is known for her classic recording “Rose Garden.” It transformed her into an international superstar.

She climbed to the top of the Country and Pop charts. Her signature tune held the top grossing song by a female artist for 27 years.

RFD-TV just interviewed Anderson in June when her new single “Drift Away” skyrocketed to the top downloads in the gospel world.

“It's a song my boyfriend wrote,” Lynn Anderson said. “It’s already number one in the gospel downloads so it amazing and breathtaking. I’m really enjoying it.”

Anderson also loved horses, holding the title of national and world champion equestrian rider.

“I believe she’s blooming now in God’s rose garden, Dolly Parton said. “She will be missed, she will be remembered and she was a lovely lady.”

With three #1 albums, twelve #1 singles and eighteen Top 10 hits, Anderson’s connection with fans lives on through her heartfelt voice.

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