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Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is an American country musician, best known for her Grammy-winning 1970 country and pop hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”. She was one of the most successful female recording artists of the 1970s.

She grew up in Sacramento, California with her mother, acclaimed singer-songwriter Liz Anderson who wrote “The Fugitive” and “(All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers”, both Merle Haggard hits, among others. She began her solo career in 1966 with “In Person”, followed by a hit with her mother’s “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)”.

In 1968 she married Glenn Sutton, a future Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, with whom she had a daughter, Lisa. (They divorced in 1977.)

Consistent hits followed, and she was a regular on The Lawrence Welk Show during the 1967-68 season. In 1969 Anderson signed to Columbia where her work veered a bit more toward a polished, pop sound. She released her signature song, “Rose Garden” in late 1970. The song, written by Joe South, won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance reached number 1 on the U.S. country charts, and also hit number 3 on the pop charts, as well as being a hit in fifteen countries. Anderson also received Grammy nominations for her recordings “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1968), “That’s a No No” (1969), and “How Can I Unlove You” (1971)> Anderson’s other hits during this period included “You’re My Man”, “Listen to a Country Song”, “Top of the World” (a number 1 country record for Anderson before becoming a pop hit for The Carpenters), “Cry”, “Keep Me in Mind”, “What a Man My Man Is” and “Smile For Me”.


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