A singer who has long been identified with a song that was one of the biggest hits of 1970 has died. Country songstress Lynn Anderson, who had a megahit with the Joe South song “Rose Garden” in 1970, died Thursday in a hospital in Nashville, the U.K. publication The Guardian reports.
Her publicist said Anderson died of cardiac arrest. She was 67.
Anderson’s recording of “Rose Garden,” also known as “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” sat at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts for five weeks in 1970 while also hitting No. 1 on the Cash Box and Record World pop and country singles charts and peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The catchy tune was also an international hit, reaching No. 1 in countries including Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland and Norway.
“Anderson first experienced the national spotlight as a young singer on ‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ between 1967 and 1969. Although she was signed to an independent label, the exposure helped her attain a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville,” The Guardian reports.
Anderson rode the popularity of “Rose Garden” to a Grammy and the honor of being named the Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year in 1971. Among her many honors that followed, she was named Billboard’s Female Artist of the Decade for 1970-1980.
Anderson relished her association with the song, once saying of the hit: “This song stated that you can make something out of nothing. You take it and go ahead. It fit me well and I’ll be proud to be connected to it until I die.”
She made a number of appearances on television, working with Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Tom Jones and other stars and appearing in the 1982 TV movie “Country Gold” and on the series “Starsky and Hutch.”
Anderson, who was also an award-winning equestrian, followed “Rose Garden” with a number of smaller hits, including “You’re My Man,” “How Can I Unlove You” and “Listen to a Country Song.”
Here’s a clip of Anderson performing her signature song: