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Linda Thompson

Singer + Voice + Musician
Born Aug 23, 1947

Linda Thompson is a British singer. Born Linda Pettifer in Hackney, Thompson became one of the most recognised names—and voices—in the British folk rock movement of the 1970s and 1980s, in collaboration with her former husband and fellow British folk rock musician, guitarist Richard Thompson, and later, as a solo artist.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on August 23, 1947.


1966 18 Years Old In about 1966 she started singing in folk clubs, and in 1967 began studying modern languages at the University of London, but quit the latter after four months. … Read More


1968 20 Years Old She recorded the Bob Dylan song "You Ain't Going Nowhere", released as an MGM single in 1968 by Paul McNeill and Linda Peters, McNeill being another friend of Sandy Denny and Alex Campbell.
1969 21 Years Old 1 More Event
They released a second single as Paul and Linda in 1969 on Page One, the John D. Loudermilk song "You're Taking My Bag".
1970 22 Years Old During 1970 she had an affair with Martin Carthy, and was Joe Boyd's girlfriend in the early 1970s.
1972 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Later in 1972 Linda and Richard were backing singers on Sandy Denny's solo album Sandy.


1984 36 Years Old Linda lost her voice for the next two years as a result of spasmodic dysphonia. She made a new start in 1984, singing with "The Home Service" at the National Theatre's production of medieval mystery plays and in 1985 she released her solo album One Clear Moment, then fell silent for eleven years.
1987 39 Years Old One song from the album, called "Telling Me Lies", written with Betsy Cook, was also recorded by Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt for their Trio album in 1987. … Read More


1999 51 Years Old In 1999 Linda's mother died. … Read More
2002 54 Years Old In 2002, she released a new CD, Fashionably Late, which featured several family members, including her son Teddy Thompson and daughter Kamila Thompson, as well as a brief appearance by Richard Thompson.
2003 55 Years Old Linda appeared along with her son, Teddy Thompson, her friends, The McGarrigles and their children Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright (amongst others) in Hal Wilner's "Came So Far For Beauty" tribute concerts to the music of Leonard Cohen from 2003 to 2006. … Read More
2007 59 Years Old In 2007, Linda released yet another set of original songs and covers, Versatile Heart. … Read More


2010 62 Years Old Linda and Richard Thompson performed a duet at 12 June 2010 Meltdown Festival tribute concert to Kate McGarrigle, which Richard coordinated.
2013 65 Years Old Linda's fourth solo album, Won't Be Long Now, was released on 15 October 2013. … Read More
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