Newswire: R.I.P. Lynn Anderson, country singer known for “Rose Garden”

Lynn Anderson, a country singer who briefly broke through to the mainstream in the early ’70s, died July 30 of a heart attack at a Nashville hospital. She was 67.

Born in North Dakota on September 26, 1947, and raised in California, Anderson grew up surrounded by country music; both of her parents were country songwriters, and she began performing at the age of six. As a teenager, she performed on the musical variety show Country Caravan, and was signed to the Chart label after the label chief heard her singing with Merle Haggard. Anderson’s first singles failed to make an impression, but two subsequent songs, “Ride, Ride, Ride” and “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)”—both written by her mother—had modest chart success.

Anderson signed a two-year TV contract as a featured singer on The Lawrence Welk Show in 1967, a deal that led to …

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