I love watching CBS Sunday Morning. The last two weeks featured two women who can easily be described as legends. I grew up listening to music from both and have continued enjoying their music since the 1970s. Today I am including transcripts plus hyperlinks to the video for both segments.
Linda Ronstadt quit performing years ago – her Parkinson’s disease makes singing impossible. But last fall, she spoke to a sellout crowd at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, who came to see her in person, and listen to her talk about what has been a magical life.
“The great thing about having a hit is that means people like you,” Ronstadt told the audience. “But the bad thing about it is, it means you have to sing that song over and over and over again, night after and night after night, ’til it starts sounding like your washing machine.”
The crowd basked in Ronstadt’s tales of her life and career, such as when she toured for four months as the opening act of The Doors: “It was pretty tough to play with The Doors. It was kinda like a double bill of ‘Bambi’ and ‘Deep Throat’!”
Correspondent Tracy Smith asked Ronstadt, “What’s it like to get that kind of warmth when you’re just talking?”
I was just astounded. I mean, it made me feel good, but I was glad they didn’t boo, or start yelling for ‘Heat Wave’!”
And who knows, there could be even more awards on the way: Last week she came out with a new live album – her first ever – made from newly-uncovered tapes of a made-for-TV concert in 1980, when she was at the height of her vocal powers.
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We’ve all been singing along with Dolly Parton for decades. But if you want to know the truth about her, know this: She works way more than just 9 to 5. Even with a half-century of music behind her, the glitzy, big-haired queen of country glamour is still at it 24/7, still writing her legacy one song at a time.
So please, don’t even mention the R-word to this 73-year-old. “Yeah, people always say, ‘Why don’t you retire?’ I say, ‘And do what?’ I mean, what does that even mean?”
“Sit on your pile of money and awards?”
“I could never do that. And I don’t care. I always count my blessings, more than I count my money. I don’t work for money, never did. It was the art, it was the job. I loved the work. And I’ve done well, and I’m thankful for it.”
Dolly Parton has written more than 3,000 songs, and she says her favorite is “A Coat of Many Colors,” a story of a poor kid from the Great Smoky Mountains who learned early on what really matters.
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