Friday, July 31, 2015

Lynn Anderson Dead At 67

Country music giant Lynn Anderson died Thursday of a heart attack at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville after being admitted for pneumonia. Lynn was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1947. Born to the music business, both her parents were songwriters. Lynn got her start as a professional singer while still in her teens, releasing her first record, "For Better or for Worse," in 1966 when she was only 19. Before Lynn began singing professionally, she was a secretary. An accomplished equestrian, she retired in the 1980s and returned to another career of raising horses and participating in equestrian competitions. Her biggest hit was "Rose Garden" for which she won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She had a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Her crossover appeal and regular exposure on national television helped her become one of the most popular and successful country singers of the 1970s.

Lynn was the first female country artist to be invited as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in late 1971. She was also the first female country artist to win the American Music Award in 1974. All told, Lynn had 18 country Top 10 hits, including five No. 1 songs. Her final album, "Bridges," came out last month. Lynn  is survived by her father, Casey Anderson, partner, Mentor Williams, three children and four grandchildren.

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