Saluting Linda Ronstadt

Posted by Billyjam, August 24, 2013 10:33am | Post a Comment
Following the sad news published yesterday that Linda Ronstadt, one of the most successful singers of the 1970's, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and hence will never be able to sing again* I thought it only fitting to showcase here on the Amoeblog some of the female vocalist great's music; an artist of whom Dolly Parton once so famously said, "There's really only three female singers in the world: Streisand, Ronstadt and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending."

I went digging in the crates of Amoeba, where you will find the 67 year old, eleven time Grammy and two time Academy of Country Music awards winner filed under such categories as rock, country rock, pop, adult contemporaryand Mariachi, to revisit some of the singer's, who once dated California Gov. Jerry Brown,  finest musical moments - mostly from the seventies.  Following below in video format these include her with her first group in 1967 singing the Mike Nesmith penned song "Different Drum" found on The Stone Poneys Featuring Linda Ronstadt / Evergreen Vol. 2 (CD), "You're No Good" (the lead single off her 1974 album Heart Like A Wheel) that was a rock interpretation of a Clint Ballard Jr. song (many of her most famous songs were written by others), a live version of her singing "Long, Long Time" on the Johnny Cash Show in 1970, her version of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou" from 1977, and her version of the Motown hit by The Miracles "Tracks Of My Tears." Of course these selections just scratch the surface since counting all of her own solo albums (of many genres) along with the literally dozens of ones by other artists she has guested on (such records as Neil Young's 1972 album Harvest on which, along with James Taylor, she sang back up vocals on "Old Man" and "Heart Of Gold") the total number of albums featuring Ronstadt's voice clocks in at over 120! Look for them throughout the three Amoeba Music stores and online at

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Music History Monday: July 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 15, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: July 15, 1967 - "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for four weeks (non-consecutive), also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on July 29th. Written by Henry Cosby, Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy, and Stevie Wonder, it is the third R&B chart topper for the then 17-year-old Motown star. Staff producer and songwriter Sylvia Moy will come up with the initial idea for the song, drawing upon her own family background while growing up in Arkansas. She will collaborate with producer/songwriter Henry "Hank" Cosby along with Stevie Wonder and his mother Lula who will also contribute lyrics and melody lines to the song. The track is cut at Motown Studio A in Detroit on March 11, 1967 with The Funk Brothers providing the instrumental backing. The strings (played by members of the Detroit Symphony) are added on March 21st, with Wonder recording his lead vocal on March 30th. The background vocals are recorded on March 31st. Released in May of 1967 after a number of mid-charting singles on the pop charts, it will fully restore Wonder to commercial prominence.

Born on this day: July 15, 1944 - Singer/songwriter Millie Jackson (born Mildred Jackson in Thomson, GA). Happy 69th Birthday this pioneering R&B vocalist! We ♥ you Millie for always keeping it real!

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Easy does it.

Posted by Job O Brother, February 7, 2011 06:14pm | Post a Comment

One of the most rewarding and confounding things about being an Earthling who loves music is watching my tastes change with time, or better said, watching them grow – I don’t think there’s very much music I once loved I no longer do. My first favorite acts (at age 3) were The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, and The Chipmunks, and I still adore them all today.

More surprising to me is how much I’ve come to cherish music I would have once loathed. 2010 became the year I “discovered” easy listening, both light music (which can be found in Amoeba Music's classical section) and lounge music (which can be found in the coincidentally-named Lounge section).

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(In which we wish you were here.)

Posted by Job O Brother, June 14, 2010 11:12am | Post a Comment
 Jaime Lefcovich
Yes, please!

It’s an unfortunate reality that not everyone in the Universe can know Jaime Lefcovich. Those of us who do have the pleasure miss her awfully, as she has escaped the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave for the adventure of discovering Thailand, where she can master the art of ayurvedic medicine (which is not Thai in origin, but is what she’s practicing there) while eating all the เนื้อผัดพริก she can fit into her purdy mouth.

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Photographic Memory, Part 2

Posted by Job O Brother, September 14, 2009 12:01pm | Post a Comment
This is another installment of music and/or movies that I’m reminded of when looking at old photos of myself, my family and my friends. It was brought to you by the letter E and the number 8. And through a generous donation from the Karen Silkwood Driving Academy. And from Viewers Like You.

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"I hate you."

Here’s a picture of the dude that’s writing the sentence you’re reading right now. It was taken while he was in Kindergarten. The expression on the boy’s face sets the tone for the rest of his scholastic experience.

I don’t know what happened to make me look so surly in a photograph. It could’ve been as simple as the photographer telling me to “Smile!” which is an order I have never responded to well. I mean, if someone wants me to smile, they should be creative about it. Try saying something like:

“I’ve bought you 8 pints of ice cream and a spoon!” or

“I managed to destroy every last recording of the song ‘Entry Of The Gladiators!'” or

“I am John Gavin, and I’m going to kiss you.”

Something that would make me smile for reals. Don’t just bark orders at me! Especially to portray an emotion. That’s too personal. I AM NOT A LABRADOR RETRIEVER, PEOPLE!

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