Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson
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.
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Linda Thompson Calls Caitlyn Jenner's Secret 'Devastating'
ABC News - 6 months
Actress Linda Thompson is opening up in a new book about life with Elvis Presley and later her marriage to the person now known as Caitlyn Jenner.
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31 Eye-Opening Quotes From Some Of 2015's Most Buzzworthy Blogs
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was nothing short of inspiring, shocking, devastating -- and everything in between. This year, contributors to The Huffington Post published thousands of blogs, offering their perspectives on topics ranging from LGBT rights to gun violence to body image. In no particular order, here are some of our most talked-about blogs from 2015. We can't wait to see what our ever-expanding roster of bloggers have in store for 2016.  11 Habits Of People With Concealed Depression Lexi Herrick  "Love when it's difficult. Cry when you need to. Reach out when someone closes the door. Open your heart, even if it feels terrifying to do so."   The Likely Cause Of Addiction Has Been Discovered, And It's Not What You Think Johann Hari "The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection."   I, Racist  John Metta "White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to sp ...
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31 Eye-Opening Quotes From Some Of 2015's Most Buzzworthy Blogs
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was nothing short of inspiring, shocking, devastating -- and everything in between. This year, contributors to The Huffington Post published thousands of blogs, offering their perspectives on topics ranging from LGBT rights to gun violence to body image. In no particular order, here are some of our most talked-about blogs from 2015. We can't wait to see what our ever-expanding roster of bloggers have in store for 2016.  11 Habits Of People With Concealed Depression Lexi Herrick  "Love when it's difficult. Cry when you need to. Reach out when someone closes the door. Open your heart, even if it feels terrifying to do so."   The Likely Cause Of Addiction Has Been Discovered, And It's Not What You Think Johann Hari "The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection."   I, Racist  John Metta "White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to sp ...
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31 Eye-Opening Quotes From Some Of 2015's Most Buzzworthy Blogs
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was nothing short of inspiring, shocking, devastating -- and everything in between. This year, contributors to The Huffington Post published thousands of blogs, offering their perspectives on topics ranging from LGBT rights to gun violence to body image. In no particular order, here are some of our most talked-about blogs from 2015. We can't wait to see what our ever-expanding roster of bloggers have in store for 2016.  11 Habits Of People With Concealed Depression Lexi Herrick  "Love when it's difficult. Cry when you need to. Reach out when someone closes the door. Open your heart, even if it feels terrifying to do so."   The Likely Cause Of Addiction Has Been Discovered, And It's Not What You Think Johann Hari "The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection."   I, Racist  John Metta "White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to sp ...
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31 Eye-Opening Quotes From Some Of 2015's Most Buzzworthy Blogs
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was nothing short of inspiring, shocking, devastating -- and everything in between. This year, contributors to The Huffington Post published thousands of blogs, offering their perspectives on topics ranging from LGBT rights to gun violence to body image. In no particular order, here are some of our most talked-about blogs from 2015. We can't wait to see what our ever-expanding roster of bloggers have in store for 2016.  11 Habits Of People With Concealed Depression Lexi Herrick  "Love when it's difficult. Cry when you need to. Reach out when someone closes the door. Open your heart, even if it feels terrifying to do so."   The Likely Cause Of Addiction Has Been Discovered, And It's Not What You Think Johann Hari "The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection."   I, Racist  John Metta "White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to sp ...
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31 Eye-Opening Quotes From Some Of 2015's Most Buzzworthy Blogs
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was nothing short of inspiring, shocking, devastating -- and everything in between. This year, contributors to The Huffington Post published thousands of blogs, offering their perspectives on topics ranging from LGBT rights to gun violence to body image. In no particular order, here are some of our most talked-about blogs from 2015. We can't wait to see what our ever-expanding roster of bloggers have in store for 2016.  11 Habits Of People With Concealed Depression Lexi Herrick  "Love when it's difficult. Cry when you need to. Reach out when someone closes the door. Open your heart, even if it feels terrifying to do so."   The Likely Cause Of Addiction Has Been Discovered, And It's Not What You Think Johann Hari "The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection."   I, Racist  John Metta "White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to sp ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Linda Thompson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 62
    Linda and Richard Thompson performed a duet at 12 June 2010 Meltdown Festival tribute concert to Kate McGarrigle, which Richard coordinated.
    More Details Hide Details Linda's fourth solo album, Won't Be Long Now, was released on 15 October 2013. The album features compositions and backing vocals from Teddy Thompson and his sisters as well as guitar work by Richard Thompson. Linda appears on the album Family (2014) by Thompson (the band being named for all the Thompsons that appear) having written two songs for the project. The album was produced by her son Teddy Thompson and features Richard Thompson and The Rails, who are Linda's daughter Kami Thompson and her husband James Walbourne, as well as other related musicians, including Walbourne's brother and Richard Thompson's son from his second marriage. Richard and Linda Thompson Richard and Linda Thompson (live) Solo albums Other projects In 2009 No Telling from Fashionably Late was included in Topic Records 70 year anniversary boxed set Three Score and Ten as track fifteen on the fifth CD.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Linda sang the Cohen songs "A Thousand Kisses Deep" and "Alexandra Leaving". She appeared again with Teddy Thompson with The McGarrigles and Wainwrights for some of their family concerts, including the McGarrigle Christmas shows. In 2007, Linda released yet another set of original songs and covers, Versatile Heart. Like Fashionably Late, this too was primarily a collaboration with son Teddy Thompson, and the CD also features a supporting cast of family and friends. The CD was well received in the press. The CD opens and closes with two arrangements of a Teddy Thompson instrumental piece "Stay Bright," the first an acoustic version, and the second a version for string quartet arranged by famed Nick Drake collaborator Robert Kirby. She contributed vocals to the Primal Scream album Beautiful Future (2008), on the track "Over & Over".
  • 2002
    Age 54
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details One song from the album, called "Telling Me Lies", written with Betsy Cook, was recorded by Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt for their Trio album in 1987. The recording was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Country Song category. Linda retired from music to run an antique jewellery shop in Bond Street London. She married Steve Kenis, an American who was an agent for recording artists. In the same year Richard married U.S. folk club organiser, Nancy Covey. A compilation of Linda's earlier work, Dreams Fly Away (1996), included both previously released songs and alternate versions of some of her better-known songs. It was received politely but did not sell well. In 1999, Linda's mother died. This provoked an outpouring of sorrow and regenerated her determination to sing. Linda was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, preventing her from singing. A temporary cure was found. By having botox injected into her throat, she could regain her normal singing voice for a few months. Give Me a Sad Song (2001) was positively reviewed.
  • 1982
    Age 34
    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".
    More Details Hide Details The couple were barely speaking to each other. However, the music they shared was reputedly astonishing, and hearing this their record company arranged a mobile recording studio to record dates for a live album. The recording could not be arranged before the last date of the tour. The penultimate date of the tour was in Los Angeles. Linda reportedly performed the greatest show of her life, then went to stay with her friend Linda Ronstadt. The tapes were finally released in October 2010 in the Shoot Out The Lights box set, although a version of "Walking on a Wire" from earlier in the tour is on the Free Reed RT boxed set. When Richard left Linda, she had just given birth to their third child, Kamila.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 25
    Richard had started to take an interest in Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details After the tour, the couple went to a Sufi commune in East Anglia for six months, then to another in Maida Vale. Richard announced that he would never play again, but returned after three years. She found herself in a community where all the food was prepared by the women. In her words, the members were "white middle-class people trying to punish themselves, and everybody else. It taught me a lot. To stay away from sects, mostly." Their come-back album was called First Light (1978). Richard's writing has a strong thread of disdain for fame, wealth and worldly values and attacks political hypocrisy, often in wildly abstract metaphors. Sunnyvista followed in 1979, and Shoot Out The Lights in 1982.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Richard's first solo album, Henry the Human Fly, also recorded in 1972, sold poorly.
    More Details Hide Details Linda sang on Fairport's album Rosie (1973), credited as Linda Peters. The next album, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974) was credited to "Richard and Linda Thompson". Two albums followed in 1975: Hokey Pokey and Pour Down Like Silver.
    Linda teamed up with Simon Nicol and Richard (after he had left Fairport Convention). Calling themselves "Hokey Pokey," they toured as a trio. Linda and Richard married in 1972.
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    Later in 1972 Linda and Richard were backing singers on Sandy Denny's solo album Sandy.
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  • 1969
    Age 21
    She met Richard Thompson in 1969 but they did not record together until 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Her reputation led to her being invited to join the Bunch, a loose supergroup of folk rock luminaries including former Fairport Convention members Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, and Ashley Hutchings that recorded an album called Rock On. This was a set of 1950s rock and roll classics. A single was released from the album: The Everly Brothers' hit "When Will I Be Loved", which was a duet by Linda and Sandy. A second single was released soon afterwards "The Loco-motion", sung by Linda alone. Two versions exist, one with "Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller" as the b-side and in a picture sleeve, another with "Don't Be Cruel" on the flip.
  • 1968
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They released a second single as Paul and Linda in 1969 on Page One, the John D. Loudermilk song "You're Taking My Bag".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She changed her name to Linda Peters. By day she sang advertising jingles, including one with Manfred Mann.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on August 23, 1947.
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