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May 31, 2014

Heritage celebration | Country star in concert during Windber’s Miners’ Memorial Day

WINDBER — Everything is coming up roses for the Miners’ Memorial Day celebration in Windber.

Country star Lynn Anderson will kick off the weekend-long event at 7:30 p.m. June 13 at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Jerry Ledney, executive director at Arcadia, said the search for an entertainer to kick off Windber’s annual event started a year ago.

“We like to get a big-name star,” he said.

“The programming committee looked at a couple different people, and the consensus was to get Lynn.”

Ledney said he contacted Anderson’s agent to set up her performance, and everything worked out smoothly.

“I asked what dates she was available, and she was available for June 13,” Ledney said.

“She’s flying in special for this show.

“This season, we’re trying more country at the theater. We want to attract everyone we can who likes different kinds of music.”

Anderson is well-known for her 1971 hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” which transformed her into an international superstar.

Ledney remembered he was in college when the song came out, crossing over from the top of the country to the top of the pop charts, something that was unheard of at the time.

Anderson’s album “Rose Garden” earned her numerous gold albums worldwide and went platinum in the United States.

It remained the biggest-selling album by a female country artist from 1971 to 1997.

Anderson’s first foray into the music world came as a teenager when she entered a singing contest in Sacramento, California.

In her late teens, she was a regular on the “Lawrence Welk Show,” becoming the only country performer featured weekly on national television.

By the time she turned 20, Anderson had been with a national recording company for three years with a string of hits, including “That’s a No No,”  “Promises, Promises,” “I’ve Been Everywhere” and “Rocky Top.”

More No. 1 hits would follow “Rocky Top” and “Rose Garden,” including “Cry,” “How Can I Unlove You,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “You’re My Man,” “Man What a Man My Man Is,” “Listen to a Country Song,” “Fool Me,” “Top of the World” and “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.”

In a career that spans more than four decades, Anderson has garnered 11 No. 1, 18 Top 10 and more than 50 Top 40 hits.

She has earned a total of 17 gold albums and won virtually every award available to a female recording artist, including Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year (twice), American Music Award Favorite Female Vocalist, Record World’s Artist of the Decade for 1970-1980, Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for 1970-1980 and a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1970.

In addition to being a best-selling recording artist, Anderson has been successful in the equestrian world. She has won 16 national championships, four world championships and several celebrity championships.

Anderson produced a TNN special, “American Country Cowboys,” which benefited various handicapped groups, and also works with horseback therapy riding programs for adults and children.

She hits the concert trail two or three times a month, headlining major casinos, performing arts centers, fairs and festivals.

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.

Performance

Who: Country star Lynn Anderson.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 13.

Where: Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets: $38, $34 and $30.

Information: 467-9070 or www.arcadiatheater.net.

 

 

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