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John the OFM14 Nov 2017 8:44 p.m. PST

There is no better female pop singer ever.
(Well, maybe Ann Wilson…)
But Kids today, with their Taylor Swift, Miley, Rihanna…
Linda didn't need dancers to distract from bad notes.But, I'm just an old fart, KNOWING that any edition of ed Sullivan beats American Idol hands down.
Music was just better back then.

It is amazingly difficult to pick my favorite Linda Ronstadt song. She does Patsy Cline songs better than Patty. I know, heresy. She is just that good.
But anyway…

Someone to LAy down Beside Me
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Karla Bonhoff, who wroter it, does a beautiful perforance. But Linda is better.

Tracks of my Tears
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Better than Sokey? You decide.

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Yeah, the Eagles did a fine version. Linda asks, "Can I sing it Don?" "Sure, Linda."

I have never heard a bad Linda Ronstadt song. So, I wioll not begrudge my favorites coming in not first.

One rule.
Provide a video clip.

My favorites are from the Offenbach concert.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2017 1:18 a.m. PST

Karen Carpenter?

bobspruster15 Nov 2017 1:48 a.m. PST

I'm using my tablet so it's beyond me as to how to post a link with it. That said, I'll go off topic and name my favorite song by the Stone Ponies: "Different Drum."

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

It's So Easy, hands down.

KSmyth15 Nov 2017 4:53 a.m. PST

So many great songs.

My favorite has always been Desperdo. But "I've always liked "Hear Like a Wheel" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle" and "Hasten Down the Wind" by Warren Zevon.

Sorry I'm typing this on my tablet so links aren't possible.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2017 5:40 a.m. PST

+1 Flashman.

KSmyth15 Nov 2017 6:07 a.m. PST

Back again, on a real computer this time. I saw Linda open for the Eagles on the Hotel California tour in 1976. They performed at the Kingdome in Seattle(an awful venue for music. Linda's voice just bounced off the concrete walls) Guys were literally tossing their BVD's at the stage.

A few video clips from that concert, thanks to the magic of YouTube. This is right after her Hasten Down the Wind album was released.

Lose Again-another one of those great Karla Bonoff songs
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Crazy--A Willie Nelson song recorded by Patsy Cline
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Love Has No Pride--recorded by many. from the album Don't Cry Now
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redbanner414515 Nov 2017 6:17 a.m. PST

tracks of my tears

Legion 415 Nov 2017 7:27 a.m. PST

Yeah … I'd go with Desperado or Blue Bayou …

Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2017 7:48 a.m. PST

While compiling this list of favorites, I discovered most are from my late high school/early college years. Linda has always been one of my top-ten favorite singers. The albums with Dolly Parton and Emmy Lou Harris are also worth a listen.

Long, Long Time (1970)

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Rock Me on the Water (1972) Linda's version of a Jackson Browne song

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When Will I Be Loved (1975)

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JimDuncanUK15 Nov 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

I've heard of her but couldn't name any of her songs.

KSmyth15 Nov 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

And lest we forget, Linda Ronstadt's recording career ran from 1966-2008 and comprised more than 30 albums. Not only was she the awesomely talented and beautiful hippie chick who was the highest paid woman in rock, but she covered songs from songwriters as diverse as Jackson Browne and James Taylor to Neil Young and Elvis Costello. She performed Pirates of Penzance on Broadway and in a 1983 movie. She sang two albums of standards with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (who also backed Sinatra.) She performed two albums in Spanish, in recognition of her father's (also a musician) love of music.

The real tragedy is that she has Parkinson's and no longer performs.

Cyrus the Great15 Nov 2017 4:58 p.m. PST

In no particular order.
1. Different Drum

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2. Long Long Time

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3.Someone to Lay Down Beside Me

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4. Heat Wave

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5. Silver Thread and Golden Needles

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6. Girls Talk

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7. How Do I Make You

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Winston Smith15 Nov 2017 6:44 p.m. PST

It's odd that I type better on a cell phone than the OFM does on his pc. grin

John the OFM15 Nov 2017 9:56 p.m. PST

I guess it doesn't Matter Anymore
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Corporal Fagen16 Nov 2017 9:30 a.m. PST

I've Got to Know (b-side of Different Drum)

Ceterman16 Nov 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

Silver Blue, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, The Entire "Hasten Down the Wind" album, The Entire "Prisoner In Disguise" album. How about "The entire Catalog Of Anything She Ever Sang" album? I listened to about 40 of her songs today at work. The BEST female vocalist to ever live. Period. You may disagree, but you would be wrong. Everything she sang, became her own. I simply Love that woman…

Matsuru Sami Kaze18 Nov 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

Anything she sang while wearing that Cub Scout uniform shirt.

Early morning writer26 Nov 2017 3:47 p.m. PST

"Different Drum" by the Stone Ponies with Linda R. Simply awesome.

And, yes, Karen Carpenter had one of the best voices in pop music ever.

But Linda at 21 in '67, well, wow! Oh, and she could sing, too.

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