Not only are we saying goodbye to the old year, but also to all those great musicians who have left us. In this (by far not complete) list of persons we lost this year, we stop to remember them and their contribution to music. It would not have been the same without them.
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Before Lynn Anderson recorded this song in 1970, and made a hit out of it (number 3 in the US and the UK), the song had been recorded by several other artists. The first one was the writer of the song, Joe South. After that, several males recorded it and also the Three Degrees tried to make a hit out of it. However, it could have been we never heard the song in Lynn’s version: her husband did not want her to record it, because it was a song for man: women couldn’t buy big diamond rings for their men! It was recorded when there was time left, and after hearing this song, the boss of the record label insisted on making it a single, which became the hit we now know. Enjoy
Lynn Anderson- Rose Garden