Linda Ronstadt with The Eagles – Silver Threads Golden Needles (Music Video) (Live)

Her collaborations with Peter Asher “In general when you fall in love with an artist and their music, the plan is a fairly simple one. .. get people to go and see them, and make a record that you think properly presents their music to the public and some of which you can get on […]

Her collaborations with Peter Asher

“In general when you fall in love with an artist and their music, the plan is a fairly simple one. .. get people to go and see them, and make a record that you think properly presents their music to the public and some of which you can get on the radio.”

Peter Asher on collaborating with Ronstadt

Ronstadt began her fourth solo album, Don’t Cry Now, in 1973, with Boylan (who had negotiated her contract with Asylum Records) and John David “J.D.” Souther producing most of the album’s tracks. But needing someone willing to work with her as an equal, Ronstadt asked Peter Asher, who came highly recommended to her by James Taylor’s sister Kate Taylor, to help her produce two of them: “Sail Away” and “I Believe in You.”The album featured Linda’s first Country hit, “Silver Threads and Golden Needles”, which she had first recorded on Hand Sown … Home Grown; this time hitting the Country Top 20. With the release of Don’t Cry Now, Ronstadt took on her biggest gig to date as the opening act on Neil Young’s Time Fades Away tour, playing for larger crowds than ever before. Backstage at a concert in Texas, Chris Hillman introduced her to Emmylou Harris, telling them, “You two could be good friends”,which soon occurred, resulting in frequent collaborations over the following years. Meanwhile, the album became Ronstadt’s most successful up to this time, selling 300,000 copies by the end of 1974.

Asher turned out to be more collaborative, and more on the same page with her musically, than any producer she had worked with previously.Ronstadt’s professional relationship with Asher allowed her to take command and effectively delegate responsibilities in the recording studio.Although hesitant at first to work with her because of her reputation for being a “woman of strong opinions (who) knew what she wanted to do (with her career)”, he nonetheless agreed to become her full-time producer,and remained in that role through the late 1980s. Asher attributed the long-term success of his working relationship with Ronstadt to the fact that he was the first person to manage and produce her with whom there was a solely professional relationship. “It must be a lot harder to have objective conversations about someone’s career when it’s someone you sleep with”, he said.

Asher executive produced a tribute CD called Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released September 6, 2011, on which Ronstadt’s 1976 version of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” appears among newly-recorded versions of Holly’s songs by various artists.

Grammy Award nominations
1970—Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female, “Long, Long Time” from Silk Purse
1975—Album of the Year, Heart Like a Wheel
1975—Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, Heart Like a Wheel
1977—Record of the Year, “Blue Bayou” from Simple Dreams
1977—Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, “Blue Bayou” from Simple Dreams
1980—Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, “How Do I Make You” from Mad Love
1982—Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, “Get Closer” from the album Get Closer
1982—Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, “Get Closer” from the album Get Closer
1983—Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, What’s New
1985—Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, Lush Life
1987—Album of the Year, Trio with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris
1987—Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Somewhere Out There” from the soundtrack to An American Tail with James Ingram
1989—Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
1999—Best Country Album, Trio II with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris
1999—Best Contemporary Folk Album, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions with Emmylou Harris
2002—Best Traditional Folk Album, Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music, multiple artist compilation, with vocalist Ann Savoy
2006—Best Traditional Folk Album, Adieu False Heart with Ann Savoy
Latin Grammy Award
2011—Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award[150]
Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee
2007—For her significant impact and evolution and development of the entertainment culture in the state of Arizona
ACM Music Award
1974—Best New Female Artist
1987—Best Album / ‘TRIO’—Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Emmy Award
1989—Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, Linda Ronstadt, Great Performances: Canciones de Mi Padre
ALMA Award
2008—Trailblazer Award for Contribution to American Music[151]
Tony Award nomination
1981—Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Linda Ronstadt in The Pirates of Penzance as “Mabel”
Golden Globe Award nomination
1983—Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy, Linda Ronstadt in The Pirates of Penzance



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