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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18 Responses to An Early Love

  1. Old School Conservative says:

    Lovely girl on the cover of “Simple Dreams” had me very interested too.
    Ah, the musical magic of Linda, Roy Orbison and Blue Bayou. Balm on the tortured soul.

  2. howardb says:

    I very much enjoyed this … and the album covers
    Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

  3. C.L. says:

    Link was flagged as a threat, Howard, so I replaced it.

  4. Shy Ted says:

    Well if we’re going for country music stories I met the real life Buffalo Bill. In Camooweal.
    Diagnosed him with Korsakoffs
    First heard the song when I was driving back home from Camooweal, ABC country radio.
    I thought “effing hell, I just met him”. Subtle lyrics. Took me ages to track the song down. Very sad. Sufferers usually have excellent recall of events much earlier in their lives. What a life. True pioneer of W Qld.

  5. Adelagado says:

    She knows exactly where to throw in unique little vocal tweeks that put the song on an another plane. She made it look easy because it was easy for her. That’s the mark of genius. Look for her early vids of ‘Different Drum’ and fall in love all over again.

  6. Ed Case says:

    “I fucking hate the Eagles”
    Lebowski.

    … she was once involved with Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.

    I wondered about that
    Brown was another one out of the Seminary, there’s a picture of him and Newsom with Pablo “They” Gomez, a Gay student who not long after stabbed 2 women to death for no apparent reason.

  7. Tel says:

    politics … must be disregarded if you need to like a star entirely or not at all …

    If you take a hard-line attitude with entertainer politics in 2021, then what are you left with?

    Eric Clapton and also Fred & Richard Fairbrass … that’s about all I can think of, unless you want to go out into fringe stuff like Eric July.

  8. C.L. says:

    Exactly. Even Keith Richards has scolded fans to get vaxxed.

    Keith.
    Richards.

  9. Boxcar says:

    “An Early Love”.
    Try this. 1967, first girlfriend, “Different Drum”
    It will outlive me at my funeral

  10. JC says:

    Decades ago, I watched her being interviewed about politics. She turned me off so much I can’t even listen to anything she sings. A total headcase.

  11. Entropy says:

    I’m with JC on this. Usually I make allowances, but not in this case.

  12. C.L. says:

    Yeah, but if you thinned out your music collection so that only conservatives were in it, you’d be left with Bing Crosby and Ted Nugent.

  13. Diogenes says:

    be left with Bing Crosby

    And he would be cancelled because of DV accusations.

  14. C.L. says:

    Mind you, a lot of these musos are not leftists at all – not in their mature years, anyway; that’s just a professionally necessary act – part of being a star with a long-lasting career.

  15. Adelagado says:

    C.L. says:
    24 December, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Mind you, a lot of these musos are not leftists at all – not in their mature years,

    A lot of them had stunted maturity due to becoming famous at a young age. It took a LONG time for them to grow.

  16. Lee says:

    Yeah, but if you thinned out your music collection so that only conservatives were in it, you’d be left with Bing Crosby and Ted Nugent.

    Mind you, the Democrats and their supporters have moved so far to the left since JFK’s and LBJ’s day (arguably even Bill Clinton’s day), that it’s not funny.
    And a great many of them back in those days would probably be considered as “conservative” or even “right wing” by the standards of these days.
    Even JFK was on friendly terms with Senator Joe McCarthy (Repub.), and his brother Robert worked for him for a time; something almost completely inconceivable these days.

  17. Diogenes says:

    Nugent.

    Mind you, the Democrats and their supporters have moved so far to the left since JFK’s and LBJ’s day (arguably even Bill

    Reminds one of the great line attributed to Charlton Heston, ” I didn’t leave the party, the party left me!”

  18. JC says:

    C.L. says:
    24 December, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Yeah, but if you thinned out your music collection so that only conservatives were in it, you’d be left with Bing Crosby and Ted Nugent.

    I agree, but she’s the exception. I just found her to be totally putrid. I can’t think of any other singer who has done that to me. Also, her speaking voice is irritating, which when added to her lunatic leftism, makes her unspeakable for me.

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