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Published on Feb 1, 2008
- "Long, Long Time" is from Linda Ronstadt's second solo album, "Silk Purse," released in March 1970
- Linda Ronstadt was Rock & Roll's first "chick superstar" - selling out highly-anticipated concerts and celebrating several multi-platinum albums
- By 1978, she was the highest paid woman in Rock & Roll
- In 1979, the RIAA gave Linda a Special Decade Award as the "Top Selling Female Album and Singles Artist of the Decade"
- "Silk Purse" was the only one of Ronstadt's studio discs that was recorded entirely in Nashville
- The album was produced by Elliot Mazer, who worked with Janis Joplin on her "Cheap Thrills" album
- The "Silk Purse" album cover was the first to establish a trend in many other Ronstadt album covers - bold, colorful and memorable. This album cover showed Ronstadt in a muddy pig pen, with the back and inside cover showing Ronstadt in bold red onstage.
- Although Ronstadt has said that she was not pleased with this album, it provided her with her first solo hit, the multi-format single, "Long, Long Time" - and is also notable for earning Ronstadt a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female - the first of her 27 Grammy nominations.
- Appeared on six "Rolling Stone" magazine covers
- Linda has received a total of 27 Grammy Award nominations in various fields from Rock, Country, and Pop, to Tropical Latin
- She won 11 Grammy Awards in fields including Pop, Country, Tropical Latin, Musical Album for Children and Mexican-American
- Linda Ronstadt was the first female solo artist to have two Top 40 singles simultaneously on Billboard magazine's Hot 100: "Blue Bayou" and "It's So Easy" in October 1977. By December, both "Blue Bayou" and "It's So Easy" had climbed into Billboard's Top Five, and remained there for the entire month.
- Linda's run on the Billboard charts includes one single or album charted every year from 1970 to 2000
- Sang backup for many artists, including Neil Young; notably on his 1972 "Harvest" album
- Among some of the top Rock acts she has toured & performed with - Neil Young, The Doors and The Eagles
- In the 60's, she sang with The Stone Poneys, an LA folk-rock trio consisting of Bob Kimmel on rhythm guitar and Ken Edwards on lead guitar. Their three albums were produced by Nik Venet, and most of the songs were written by Kimmel and Edwards
- The band's misspelled name came from Charlie Patton's "The Stone Pony Blues"