The ‘Trio’ album came out of nowhere back in 1987. The collaboration of three of the biggest names in country/rock came forward and recorded a perfect album.
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris united and made the album with their angelic voices.
The three musicians are long-term friends and always wanted to work on an album. Sadly, they couldn’t due to their busy schedules and different record labels.
To be fair enough, they were prohibited due to their recording contracts. It is known that they made efforts to record the album all the way back in the mid-70s.
Their earlier sessions couldn’t be fruitful but the songs from the sessions would also be included in some of their own solo albums.
Emmylou’s ‘Evangeline’ featured Mr. Sandma. Linda Ronstadt’s album ‘Get Close’ featured My Blue Tears which had Dolly and Emmylou singing the harmonies.
The trio finally had time to give in around late 1986 and early 1987. They released the album ‘Trio’ on Warner Bros Records, and the record was produced by George Massenburg.
Out of the three artists, Emmylou Harris is the only one who plays an instrument on the album. When it comes to writing, Parton was the only one who wrote for the album.
She contributed two songs, ‘Wildflowers’ and ‘The Pain of Loving You’. The album was a huge thing and Cashbox magazine reviewed it.
“The long-awaited collaboration of three of country/pop’s greatest voices is an unqualified success. The near-perfect song selection gives the three ample room to develop subtleties and nuance that in places is heart-rending. These three singular voices blend together in seamless harmony, floating over the sweetest country melodies and poignant understated lyrics.”
The album was a huge success. It was a No.1 album for women and is certified multi-platinum. It exceeded sales of more than 4 million units worldwide.
They released singles from the albums too and all four of them achieved top-ten status. The three of them are ‘the best’.
The first time we saw the three of them together live was during Parton’s variety show ‘Dolly!’. Ronstadt and Harris were guests in the show.
The three of them were friends for a long time, and we can see their beautiful chemistry there. Ronstadt covered a song by J.B. Coats. It was ‘The Sweetest Gift’, and Harris also backed the song.
That’s when the host of the show Parton also joined in. Their performance was awesome.
Check out their performance down below.