Thursday, May 30, 2024

Lynn Anderson, the Great Singer of “Rose Garden,” Dies at 67


There was a time when Top 40 radio played everything including pop, R&B, and country. In 1970, Lynn Anderson scored a huge country hit that “crossed over” with “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” I was sorry to hear that she has passed away from a heart attack at age 67. She was a young star.

Later she had another cross over with the Carpenters song “Top of the World.” Listen to that original hit. It sounds as fresh today as it did then. Before radio fractured into the mess it is today, Lynn, Charlie Rich, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gale, BJ Thomas, and so many others were a welcome presence on the “dial.”

“Rose Garden” was written by the late great Joe South, who gave Anderson many other country hits. He also had hit one smash hit singing “Games People Play.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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