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  • LINDA RONSTADT: HASTEN DOWN THE WIND: 1976: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Ronstadt’s third million seller in a row- which at the time was a first for a female artist. Grammy Award winner and #1 album. It’s a good album as Ronstadt’s 70’s albums tended to be. She was always good at interpreting other artists songs. Highlights- That’ll Be The Day, Hasten Down The Wind [a song by the up and coming Warren Zevon} Someone To Lay Down Beside Me, and Patsy Cline’s Crazy [written by Willie Nelson}.. Ronstadt was stunning- what was she doing hanging around with a dweeb like Jerry Brown for?

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  • ROGER WHITTAKER: THE BEST OF ROGER WHITTAKER: 1977: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Back in the early 80’s it seemed like every television commercial was either advertising a Slim Whitman, Boxcar Willie, Zamfir [the master of the pan flute] or Roger Whittaker album. The Last Farewell was the only hit song Roger Whittaker ever had on the Billboard Hot 100 but it was a memorable one. He’s still living- 82 years old. I always thought he was like sixty- 35 years ago. Guess he just seemed older.

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  • GEORGE JONES: WINE COLORED ROSES: 1986: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Old George is not my favorite country singer- but he may have been the best. If you were going to draw up the perfect country singer from scratch you would come up with Jones. He was still having country hits at this point- Wine Colored Roses, The Right Left Hand and I Turn To You were all Top 40 country hits. Over this past weekend I bought 40 .96 cent used albums. The album I bought that on the cover was Merle Haggard- His Epic Hits The First 11– turned out to be this one. Can’t be upset by that- it could have been The Osmond’s. This was one of George’s favorites of the albums he recorded.

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  • GEORGE JONES: I AM WHAT I AM: 1980: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The albums lead off track “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is not only George Jones signature song but one of the most famous country music songs of all time. This was George’s big comeback- the late 70’s were filled with substance abuse and no-shows to concerts and he hadn’t had a #1 hit in six years. He was finished many thought. The song written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnam {THE Curly Putnam immortalized by Paul McCartney and Wings “Junior’s Farm} fit Jones perfectly. Jones hated the song the first time he heard it by the way. I’m Not Ready Yet and If Drinking Don’t Kill Me [Her Memory Will} were also Top 10 country hits.

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  • DON WILLIAMS: ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: 1981: 4ย  1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Williams quietly went about building a great country music career and outstanding catalog of songs- he had 17 #1 country hits- which surprises me because he wasn’t an artist who seemed to get all that much publicity. He was also an influence on the rock world- Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend for example. There were three top 3 country hits on this album- Listen To The Radio- #3, Mistakes #3 and If Hollywood Don’t Need You #1.




  1. I really like Hasten Down the Wind. To me Ronstadt is all voice and very little interpretation. She has exquisite taste in the songs and artist that she covers. Warren Zevon is one of her favorite artist. She does several of his songs. That said, some songs should never be covered and Patsy Cline’s Crazy is one of them. Sacrilege to me.

    • There are some songs you just are not going to improve on. You aren’t going to improve on Crazy– you aren’t going to improve on Dock Of The Bay or You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling… I always liked her for the fact she gave Warren Zevon’s career a boost back when he was just getting his career in gear. She did a great job on his tunes.

    • Yes. I remember when Michael Bolton covered Dock of the Bay and everybody loved it. This was before he became a fixture of Top 40 radio and, obviously, before the back lash. I thought he did a good job but I don’t want to hear anybody sing that song but Otis Redding. Then I heard that Redding’s wife absolute loved Bolton’s rendition.
      Yes, I’m a huge Warren Zevon fan. She boosted his career and Lowell George’s of Little Feat. Her taste in music is impeccable.

  2. Linda Ronstadt: love her voice. Where was Heart Like a Wheel in the line-up? Guessing that was one of the previous million sellers. Yes, lol, I remember those old commercials and Zamfir among the others. George Jones: always thought he was sneaky looking, but when I listen to his music today, I have to admit he sounds really good! That old timey country that has fallen to the new gunk they call country nowadays. Don Williams: never would have believed that many #1 hits! And congratulations on 40 .96 albums. Score!

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