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 Born in Hackney, London, she moved with her family to Glasgow, Scotland, at the age of six. Actor Brian Pettifer is her brother. Around 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. … Read More
1969 21 Years Old She met Richard Thompson in 1969 but they did not record together until 1972. … Read More
Later in 1972 Linda and Richard were backing singers on Sandy Denny's solo album Sandy.
1973 25 Years Old Richard had started to take an interest in Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, in 1973. … Read More


1982 34 Years Old Shoot Out The Lights was surprisingly successful in America, and the Thompsons, despite the fractured state of their relationship, were offered a long and lucrative tour of the U.S. Simon Nicol described the final tour, in the summer of 1982, as being "like walking on a tightrope", and that as a result the first thing he did on stage was "look for the exit". … Read More
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. … Read More


2002 54 Years Old In 2002, she released a new CD, Fashionably Late, which featured several family members, including her son, Teddy and daughter Kamila, 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


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. … Read More
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