An Early Love
I remember seeing Linda Ronstadt for the first time on an album cover when I was a teenager and thinking, wow, she’s cuter than any button could hope to be. (Recollection told virtuously). I wasn’t aware then that not only was she an accomplished student of the American national songbook but also the finder, if not founder, of the Eagles. She recruited them to her band.
This flawless gem – a rendering of the 1956 country classic (penned by Reynolds and Rhodes) – is a reunion of the songstress with her former session men, now the bigger deal. The performance must be earlier than 1975 because accompanist here, Bernie Leadon, left the Eagles in that year. Ronstadt’s politics – like Glenn Frey’s and Don Henley’s – must be disregarded if you need to like a star entirely or not at all. Suffice to say she was once involved with Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown. To me, she’s the lovely girl on the cover and, boy, could she sing.
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