Lynn Anderson attends 5th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium
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Normally we don't feature a lot of gospel music at the Catch of the Day, but today's feature is one that should catch your ear for its sound, meaning and for its timeliness.Today's spotlight falls on a classic country artist we recently lost.

Lynn Anderson was probably best know for her #1 his "Rose Garden", but her career produced 30 studio albums (4 #1 albums) and 30 top-20 hits, of which 17 went top-10 and five made it all the way to number 1, including "You're My Man", "Keep Me In Mind" and "Rose Garden". Anderson was also an accomplished equestrian, riding cutting and show horses starting in the 60's and continuing until her death. She won 16 national, 8 world and several celebrity championships.

Lynn Anderson appears at CMA Close Up Stage: 70's Heritage Panel at Music City Convention Center
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After several run-ins with the law, Anderson's musical career had been in a mostly dormant state the last few years. She signed a recording contract with Center Sound Records earlier this year, and was in the studio recording an album of Country Gospel album to be called Bridges. Anderson was hospitalized in July for complications from pneumonia after returning from a trip to Italy. On July 30th, was rushed to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center near her home in Nashville, where she was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest. Anderson was 67.

From Bridges comes today's featured song. Writer Mentor Williams was asked to write new lyrics for his signature song, which was originally recorded by Doby Gray in 1973. Today the spotlight falls on the final recording from Lynn Anderson, a gospalized version of "Drift Away", your Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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