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News channel CNN devoted an hour to her career this past
weekend. It isn’t as if the talented Tucsonan hasn’t been
recognized, almost from the moment she helped organize a small rock
groupof young musicians who got together in Los Angeles.
They named themselves “The Stone Poneys,” and released a hit “single”
(45rpm recording) of “A Distant Drum.” Her voice demanded
attention. As some writer about the early folk/rock scene put
it: “It filled the room.” Emmylou Harris, a lady who commanded
attention herself in more than one musical genre, declared that “Linda
could sing anything.”
She proved it by singing the venerable “Gilbert and Sullivan”
opera, “Pirates of Penzance”, on the Broadway stage for a season.
It was apparent she loved the mariachi music taught to her by
her father whose forebearers were German-Mexican pioneer wagon builders
and founders of a huge downtown hardware store. I visited it
often.Among many things, it offered a variety of barbed wire and stovepipe
Very definitely, she earned the sobriquet of “First Lady of
Rock” by touring with the likes of The Doors, The Eagles, Neil Young, and
Backed by the Nelson Riddle orchestra, she went on to
garner sensational success while conquering the Great American Song Book,
the popular music of the 20’s, 30s and 40s. Rolling Stone readers
voter her best female vocalist of the 1970s.
It has been estimated the she has sold over one-hundred
million records worldwide before being inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 2014 and receiving the National Medal for the Arts and
Humanities on December 8th 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Parkinson’s Disease has prevented her from singing since
2011. Interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week, she appeared
to be little affected.
Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition. .
Tommy Ross follows
his older brothers to be an apprentice in the hazardous trade of
mining coal. It is doubly dangerous, for his father has been sent
to organize a local union in a "company owned" coal camp. "The
Prosperity Coal Company" is a novel based on actual events that
occurred all across the coal belt, when America was on the cusp of
the great depression, and union wars raged.
an addicted prostitute in a crime-ridden barrio, a man finds a
love that transcends all obstacles and opens a new pathway to life
beyond working for the Jefe of one of Mexico's brutal drug
cartels. (In English)
ride of subterfuge and violence through the highways and byways of
the drug trade in the US/Mexico desert borderlands."
(reader's review on Amazon)