“Along with the sunshine, there has to be a little rain sometimes.”
And with those words from her iconic hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” the tears are flowing today for iconic country music vocalist Lynn Anderson, who passed away July 30 at the age of 67.
The Tennessean Newspaper reported that Anderson “had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy,” and died after suffering “a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.”
Just a few short months ago, Anderson had released her first inspirational gospel album entitled “Bridges.”
“A lot of people asked me why I didn’t have a gospel album,” she said in a June 2015 interview with FranklinHomePage.com. “But I got baptized in the Rio Grande [River] and started going to the church in New Mexico I go to regularly. It seemed like a natural thing I needed to do. I think the most interesting part was finding the songs. There’s a whole generation since I had big hit records,” she said. “This is a foray into a strange market. So it is a challenge.”
Several country music stars expressed their sadness upon hearing the news, with Reba McEntire saying, “I am a huge fan of Lynn’s. 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.”
Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys said that “itt was a pleasure to record with Lynn.”
“I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair,” Allen continued. “We were playing the small stage and we finished early enough to see her on the main stage. She owned Utah that night. She didn’t stop until she won everybody’s hearts including mine. She sang her way to heaven.”