7 Incredible Albums Fans Don’t Know Featured Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt performs Tumbling Dice - SirExxon / Youtube
Back in the day, Linda Ronstadt could bend her voice to suit any genre or situation. She was a huge celebrity in her own right as a musician, and she also had great success as a vocalist by covering some of the greatest songs of all time. But what few people don’t know, she also was a fantastic help in aiding as a featured singer into several greatest albums by several greatest musicians. You can check out these 7 incredible albums that featured her voice.
Arlo Guthrie: Hobo’s Lullaby (1972)
Arlo Guthrie’s folk masterwork, Hobo’s Lullaby, was released in 1972 and it included her unequaled vocals in “The City of New Orleans.”
Neil Young: Harvest (1972)
Ronstadt lends her voice to Neil Young’s Harvest album which also features appearances from David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, James Taylor, and others. She lent her distinctive voice to the iconic songs “Heart of Gold” and “Old Man.”
Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (1973)
On Gram Parson’s 1973 masterpiece Grievous Angel, the song “In My Hour of Darkness,” Ronstadt provides backing vocals.
James Taylor: JT (1977)
Linda was a constant feature singer in any James Taylor recording, and so when James Taylor recorded “Bartender’s Blues” for his album JT in 1977, Ronstadt contributed her haunting vocals to the track. She is also featured on a number of his other recordings, such as the album One Man Dog, released in 1972.
Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy (1978)
Ronstadt is credited for contributing background vocals to the title track of Warren Zevon’s legendary album Excitable Boy. Her singing may also be heard on the album that Zevon released in 1980 titled Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School.
Emmylou Harris: Roses in the Snow (1980)
Roses in the Snow features Ronstadt’s vocals and was recorded in collaboration with longtime partner Emmylou Harris. In addition, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton all made special appearances on the album that was released in 1980.
Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)
Graceland is a renowned Paul Simon album, and it features a guest performance by Ronstadt. The track in question is “Under African Skies.”