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FORKS, N.D. ( – It was announced today that Lynn Anderson, the country music legend who held the “Top Grossing Song by a Female Artist” for 27 years with the signature tune Rose Garden, passed away Thursday, July 30th at the age of 67.

Anderson started in country music when she performed on the Lawrence Welk Show and was the first female country singer to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden in 1974. Her signature single helped spur several top hits with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. She was a recipient of “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1967 and “Favorite Female Country Artist” in 1974 among many other accolades.

She has raised millions for a variety of charities throughout her career. For twenty years, she has worked with both the Roundup for Autism and the Cariety Foundation, an organization supporting families of cancer patients. Other notable contributions were made to the Mary Kay Ash Foundation, The North American Riders for the Handicapped Association and military support organizations.

Anderson is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota.