Personalities | Linda Ronstadt | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country
(Vocals, b. 1946)
Linda Ronstadt has had success with many different kinds of music – folk, rock, soul, operetta, show tunes and Tex-Mex – but much of her biggest success is associated with country music and she has been cited as a major influence by such singers as Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless and Terri Clark. Ronstadt left her native Arizona to join the folk-revival scene in Los Angeles, and her first band, the Stone Poneys, had a 1968 hit with the country-rock ‘Different Drum’. Ronstadt pursued country-rock on her 1969 debut solo album, on 1970’s Silk Purse recorded in Nashville, and on two more featuring the group that became The Eagles. Her 1975 version of Hank Williams’ ‘I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)’ featured harmonies by Emmylou Harris and became a No. 2 country hit. Ronstadt and Harris continued to collaborate and eventually joined forces with Dolly Parton as The Trio; their 1987 album, Trio, became a platinum smash that generated four Top 10 country singles.
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