1987 Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt – Trio

Trio is the first collaborative studio album by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. It was released on March 2, 1987, by Warner Bros. Records. The album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide and has also received several accolades.

Longtime friends and admirers of one another, Parton, Harris and Ronstadt first attempted to record an album together in the mid-1970s, but scheduling conflicts and other difficulties (including the fact that the three women all recorded for different record labels) prevented its release. Some of the fruits of those aborted 1970s recording sessions did make it onto the women’s respective solo albums. “Mr. Sandman” and “Evangeline” appeared on Harris’ album Evangeline and Parton’s “My Blue Tears” was included on Ronstadt’s 1982 album Get Closer. Rodney Crowell’s “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” was on Harris’ Blue Kentucky Girl album. “Palms of Victory,” another track from the aborted 1970s sessions, was included on the Harris’ 2007 box set Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems. Parton and Ronstadt also recorded a version of the traditional ballad “I Never Will Marry”, which appeared on Ronstadt’s 1977 Simple Dreams album, though that was recorded separately from these sessions, as was Ronstadt’s cover of Hank Williams’ “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)”, from Heart Like a Wheel, on which she was joined by Harris. During this time, Ronstadt and Harris also covered a number of Parton’s compositions—Harris covered “Coat of Many Colors” and “To Daddy”, and Ronstadt recorded “I Will Always Love You”—for inclusion on their various solo albums during the mid- to late-1970s. Parton, in turn, covered Harris’ “Boulder to Birmingham”, including it on her 1976 album, All I Can Do.

Finally a collaboration effort came to fruition, being produced by George Massenburg. When Trio was released in March 1987, it spawned four hit singles–including a remake of Phil Spector’s 1958 hit by the Teddy Bears, “To Know Him Is to Love Him”.

Tracks

1  The Pain Of Loving You (Dolly Parton; Porter Wagoner) 02:34
2  Making Plans (Johnny Russell; Voni Morrison) 03:38
3  To Know Him Is To Love Him (Phil Spector) 03:53
4  Hobo’s Meditation (Jimmie Rodgers) 03:19
5  Wildflowers (Dolly Parton) 03:36
6  Telling Me Lies (Betsy Cook; Linda Thompson) 04:24
7  My Dear Companion (Jean Ritchie) 02:56
8  Those Memories Of You (Alan O’Bryant) 04:00
9  I’ve Had Enough (Kate McGarrigle) 03:32
10  Rosewood Casket (Traditional) 03:01
11  Farther Along (Traditional) 04:10

Media

Musicians

1 The Pain Of Loving You

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Pedal Steel GuitarSteve Fishell
Acoustic GuitarAlbert Lee
Acoustic GuitarEmmylou Harris
MandolinDavid Lindley
ViolaMark O’Connor
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


2 Making Plans

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarAlbert Lee
MandolinDavid Lindley
FiddleMark O’Connor
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


3 To Know Him Is To Love Him

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRy Cooder
Lap SteelDavid Lindley
Acoustic GuitarAlbert Lee
MandolinDavid Lindley
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


4 Hobo’s Meditation

BassLeland Sklar
Acoustic GuitarAlbert Lee
Acoustic GuitarJohn Starling
DobroSteve Fishell
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


5 Wildflowers

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarEmmylou Harris
Acoustic GuitarMark O’Connor
MandolinAlbert Lee
ZitherDavid Lindley
AutoharpDavid Lindley
ViolaMark O’Connor
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


6 Telling Me Lies

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Pedal Steel GuitarSteve Fishell
Acoustic GuitarDavid Lindley
Electric PianoBill Payne
PianoBill Payne
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


7 My Dear Companion

BassKenny Edwards
GuitarMark O’Connor
Acoustic GuitarEmmylou Harris
Acoustic GuitarMark O’Connor
MandolinAlbert Lee
AutoharpDavid Lindley
ViolaMark O’Connor
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


8 Those Memories Of You

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarAlbert Lee
GuitarJohn Starling
Pedal Steel GuitarSteve Fishell
FiddleMark O’Connor
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


9 I’ve Had Enough

BassKenny Edwards
Acoustic GuitarAlbert Lee
ClarinetMarty Krystall
PianoBill Payne
FluteBrice Martin
CelloDennis Karmazyn
CelloJodi Burnett
ViolaNovi Novog
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


10 Rosewood Casket

BassKenny Edwards
Acoustic GuitarAlbert Lee
DulcimersDavid Lindley
MandolinMark O’Connor
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


11 Farther Along

BassKenny Edwards
Acoustic GuitarAlbert Lee
HarmoniumBill Payne
OrganBill Payne
PianoBill Payne
VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsEmmylou Harris

Liner Notes

Producer – George Massenburg
Production Manager – Liza Edwards
Arranged By – Herb Pedersen (Tracks 6)
Arranged By – Avie Lee (Track 10)
Arranged By – John Starling (Track 11)
Concertmaster – Charles Veal (Tracks 6)
Conductor – David Campbell (Tracks 6, 9)
Engineer – Sharon Rice
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Music Consultant – John Starling
Orchestrated By – David Campbell (Tracks 6, 9)

Art Direction, Design – John Kosh, Ron Larson

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Recorded At – The Complex
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation