Trio (1987 album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 2, 1987|
|Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt chronology|
|Dolly Parton chronology|
|Emmylou Harris chronology|
|Linda Ronstadt chronology|
|Singles from 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".
Billboard published a review in the issue dated March 14, 1987, which said, "If the "new traditionalists" in country music still have a body of work to draw from, it's largely because these three celestial songbirds kept it alive and vibrant throughout the adulterated '70s. But the members of the trio are not resting on their reputations here; their album is stunningly beautiful on every cut. Crossover is certain and will most likely be instantaneous, fueled by Ronstadt's current ride atop the Hot 100–in a duet with James Ingram–with "Somewhere Out There"."
In the March 14, 1987 issue of Cashbox a review was published that said, "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 (listen to "Telling Me Lies"). These three singular voices blend together in seamless harmony, floating over the sweetest country melodies and poignant understated lyrics. Augmented by an assemblage of some of the best sidemen available, including Albert Lee and Mark O’Connor among them."
The album peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart and remained there for five consecutive weeks. The album also peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In Canada the album peaked at No. 4 on the RPM Top Albums chart. The album also saw success in Sweden where it peaked at No. 29 on the Sverigetopplistan Albums Top 60 chart and in the UK where it peaked at No. 60 on the Official Charts Company UK Albums Chart.
The album's first single, "To Know Him Is to Love Him", was released in February 1987 and peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The single also peaked at No. 1 in Canada on the RPM Country Singles chart. The second single, "Telling Me Lies", was released in May 1987 and peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, No. 35 on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart and No. 6 in Canada on the RPM Country Singles chart. "Those Memories of You" was released as the third single in September 1987 and it peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 1 in Canada on the RPM Country Singles chart. The album's fourth and final single, "Wildflowers", was released in March 1988 and peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 8 in Canada on the RPM Country Singles chart.
The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It was also nominated for Album of the Year alongside Michael Jackson, U2, Prince and Whitney Houston. "Telling Me Lies" was also nominated for Best Country Song. The album won the 1987 Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year and won Vocal Event of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards at the 1988 ceremony.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1988||Trio||Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal||Won|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Telling Me Lies"||Best Country Song||Nominated|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1987||Trio||Album of the Year||Won|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1988||Trio||Vocal Event of the Year||Won|
|1.||"The Pain of Loving You"||2:32|
|3.||"To Know Him Is to Love Him"||Phil Spector||3:48|
|4.||"Hobo's Meditation"||Jimmie Rodgers||3:17|
|6.||"Telling Me Lies"||4:26|
|7.||"My Dear Companion"||Traditional||2:55|
|8.||"Those Memories of You"||Alan O'Bryant||3:58|
|9.||"I've Had Enough"||Kate McGarrigle||3:30|
Adapted from the album liner notes.
- Robert Blakeman – photography
- Jodi Burnett – cello
- David Campbell – orchestration and conducting
- Ry Cooder – Tremolo guitar
- Kenny Edwards – Ferrington acoustic bass, electric bass
- Liza Edwards – production coordinator
- Steve Fishell – pedal steel, dobro, Kona Hawaiian guitar
- Emmylou Harris – lead vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
- Dennis Karmazyn – cello
- Marty Krystall – clarinet
- Russ Kunkel – drums
- Kosh Larson – art direction, design
- Ron Larson – art direction, design
- Albert Lee – acoustic guitar, highstrung guitar, mandolin
- David Lindley – acoustic guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, harpolek, Kona Hawaiian guitar, mandolin
- Brice Martin – flute
- George Massenburg – producer, recoding
- Ilene "Novi" Novog – viola
- Mark O'Connor – acoustic guitar, fiddle, viola, mandolin
- Dolly Parton – lead vocals, harmony vocals
- Bill Payne – acoustic piano, electric piano, hammond organ, harmonium
- Herb Pedersen – banjo, vocal arrangement
- Sharon Rice – engineering assistant
- Linda Ronstadt – lead vocals, harmony vocals
- Doug Sax – analog and digital mastering
- Leland Sklar – Ferrington acoustic bass
- John Starling – acoustic guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, musical consultant
- Charles Veal – concertmaster
|Canadian Top Albums (RPM)||4|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||29|
|UK Albums (OCC)||60|
|US Top Country Albums (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard 200||6|
|"To Know Him Is to Love Him"||1987||1||—||1|
|"Telling Me Lies"||3||35||6|
|"Those Memories of You"||5||—||1|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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