Lynn Anderson made her country music debut in 1966, at the young age of 19 with her hit “Ride, Ride, Ride“. She was signed to Columbia Records shortly after her series of Top 10 hits in the late 1960s.
She released “Rose Garden” in 1970 and it became one of the biggest country crossover hits of all time. It was Anderson’s signature tune, which won her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Anderson passed away on July 30, 2015 after she suffered a heart attack at the age of 67.
A little over a month before her death, she graced the Grand Ole Opry stage for the Sunday Morning Gospel Show. She sang her new version of “Drift Away Gospel” and no one knew it would be her last. She has the energy of someone half her age and her spirits were so high.
“Give me my heart heart boy / You freed my soul / I wanna walk down those streets of gold / And drift away,” she sings. The original version, sung by Dobie Gray, is about getting lost in rock n’ roll. Anderson also changes the bridge by adding the disciples’ names to make it less about music and more about faith.
Watch the video below.