The Coffee Shop – The Sweetest Gift

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40 years ago, give or take, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris teamed up to sing “The Sweetest Gift”:


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5 Responses to The Coffee Shop – The Sweetest Gift

  1. I recall when their album, Trio, came out in 1987. I had a couple of favorites from the album. Farther Along is an old hymn. The great thing about that song, to me, was the Hammond B-3 organ playing soft accompaniment, holding the song together in a unique manner.

    My other favorite from the album was To Know Him Is To Love Him. One of the great guitar intros of all time, It speaks for itself.

    It is sad that Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease and has been unable to sing since 2012. She talked about it in an interview with CBS station KPIX.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Good Morning – Thanks Joy and Chuck –
    Three very different women with different styles, but able to blend their voices so beautifully together – one of the things that makes music so magical.

  3. Good morning, Chuck and Nona! None of the singers are fave’s, but the Trio was quite special, Thank you for posting add’l vids, Chuck. Here’s another trio, this one with – Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss:

  4. Love Alison Krauss. I recall seeing her on TV when she fourteen years old. My reaction was the same the first time I saw Jackie Evancho. This was a little girl who you KNEW was going to be a star.

  5. Here’s another very young, very fine singer – Danielle Bradbery:

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