Hi, Vixens!!! Welcome back to the countdown!!!
I have been a fan of this woman’s since I was a kid. After Aretha Franklin, she is my favorite female singer. From the first time I heard “You’re No Good” I was hooked and never looked back. After that came album after album of original music and covers of songs written by the likes of Warren Zevon (“Poor Poor Pitiful Me”), Smokey Robinson (“The Tracks of My Tears”), Chuck Berry (“Back In The USA”). Holland-Dozier-Holland (“Heatwave”), Eric Kaz & Libby Titus (“Love Has No Pride“-my absolute favorite version of this song), Phil Everly (“When Will I Be Loved”), Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (“Tumbling Dice”) and many others.
Despite being called “The Queen of Rock”, she has sung practically every type of music imaginable-rock, pop, country (I adore her “Trio” albums with Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris), jazz, big band/standards (with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra) and Mexican. She was also in one of my favorite movies ever (“FM”) and on Broadway (in “The Pirates of Penzance”).
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Linda Ronstadt, 1983, (c)Universal
She retired in 2011 and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. She did not appear at the ceremony due to her announcement a year earlier that she could no longer sing as a result of Parkinson’s Disease. Such a sad ending to her unbelievably powerful voice, enormous talent and incredibly lustrous career that earned her 11 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards, 2 Academy of Country music Awards and many other accolades.
Linda Ronstadt circa 1975 (original source unknown).
Before her HOF induction, Rhino Records put together a collection of duets with some of her previous collaborators and influences, many of whom happen to be some of the top female voices in history and several more of my favorites. Two of the songs are covers from the movie “White Christmas. I already love her solo version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas“, but now I have added the two movie songs to my list. One has nothing to do with Christmas, but since it was in the movie, I believe it qualifies for the countdown.
Linda Ronstadt and Rosemary Clooney: “White Christmas”
Linda Ronstadt and Bette Midler: “Sisters“.
I do not own the rights to anything. I am just sharing some things that I love with you 🙂
What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!