Monday, March 04, 2019
My Music Monday
Trio was the group consisting of Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton.
Prior to their first actual recording, the three had been singing in each other's living rooms in the mid-70s. Reading Ronstadt's autobiography, Harris called her up and told her she had to come over immediately and meet Parton. They ended up harmonizing that night and apparently many others - whenever they got the chance.
The three actually performed on a 1976 variety show of Parton's (nothing I was aware of existing).
Today's "High Sierra" comes from the groups second and last disk, Trio II. Released in 1999, it was recorded in 1994, but languished on a shelf.
All three have such distinctive voices, but if the harmonies are not just right, for me, it's always Parton who ends up standing out - whether you want her to or not.
On this track, Ronstadt has the lead the most prominent vocal, but during the chorus the three blend very nicely.
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I've been a fan of Linda Ronstadt for a long time (Hasten Down the Wind is on my top ten albums list). Given her current state, her voice brings joy with a touch of sadness now.
Dolly is always outstanding. And it’s a shame Ronstadt’s health has been in decline. Such a pity.
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