Some of music's finest female vocalists came together at last night's (April 10) Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow among them. They joined Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks and Emmylou Harris in honoring one of the inductees, Linda Ronstadt, for her defining and groundbreaking work in the industry.
Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, The E Street Band, KISS, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham were also all initiated into the Hall of Fame. Other performers included Joan Jett, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, St. Vincent and Lorde, among others.
Underwood had the fortunate of kicking off the segment with a cool, modern rendition of "Different Drum," originally recorded by the bluegrass group Green Briar Boys. Ronstadt re-recorded this song with her first group, the Stone Poneys, and it's often credited as setting in motion a subgenre known as country rock.
She then laid down harmony as Raitt and Harris performed "Blue Bayou," but Underwood also had the chance to sing her own verse. Sensational doesn't even begin to decribe the performance. It is this style of music that Underwood truly excels at–soulful country-rock at its best. It was originally written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson.
Crow then performed a very nice rendition of "You're No Good," with Underwood, Harris and Raitt on backup. The song was another re-recording, with the original written by Clint Ballard, Jr. and cut by Dee Dee Warwick in 1963.
The fine ladies then performed "It's So Easy," led by the wonderful Nicks. The song was originally written in 1958 by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and released as a single by The Crickets. Ronstadt re-recorded it in 1977 and it became a hit.
They followed it up with "When Will I Be Loved," with Underwood at the helm–an Everly Brothers original that became a Top 10 hit in 1960. Ronstadt included her version on her Heart Like A Wheel album.
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