Joe South wrote & recorded "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" in 1969, but couldn't crack the charts. Neither could Billy Joe Royal or Dobie Gray. However, it took Lynn Anderson's cover, released in 1970, to make it a huge hit. Anderson hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart, and peaked at #3 on the Hot 100, meaning it was heard on American Top 40.
The following clip, from a 1973 episode of That Good Ole' Nashville Music, is in memory of Anderson, who passed away Thursday at 67.