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Emmylou Harris

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 21 December 2003

This week Sue Lawley's castaway is the country rock singer Emmylou Harris. Born in Alabama in 1947, her musical influences were folk rather than country. Initially, she wanted to be an actress, but, influenced by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, she turned to singing folk instead and began performing in the bars of Greenwich Village. But, by the age of 24, it seemed as if her singing career was over - she was a single mother and had returned home to live with her mother, only singing in local bars.

It was a chance encounter that led to her being heard by Gram Parsons - formerly of The Byrds and later The Flying Burrito Brothers. They worked together on two albums and invented what has become country rock - a fusion of folk, country and rock music. To date she has won 11 Grammies and in 1992 was inducted into the Grand Old Opry. She now writes her own music. She is three-times divorced and now travels everywhere with her mother.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Talk To Me Of Mend by Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Book: Blank book
Luxury: A library

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Waylon Jennings

    Waylon Jennings Dreaming My Dreams With You

    This Time, The Ramblin' Man, BMG

  • Image for The Staple Singers

    The Staple Singers Uncloudy Day

    Uncloudy Day, Fontana

  • Image for The Band

    The Band Up On Cripple Creek

    The Band, Capitol

  • Image for Kate & Anna McGarrigle

    Kate & Anna McGarrigle Talk to Me of Mendocino

    Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Warner Bros

  • Image for Neil Young

    Neil Young The Emperor of Wyoming

    Neil Young, Reprise

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Mansion of the Hill

    Nebraska, CBS

  • Image for Daniel Lanois

    Daniel Lanois The Maker

    Acadie, Warner Bros

  • Image for Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic

    Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic Polegnala E Todora (Theodora is Dozing)

    Conductor: P Koutev

    Music of Bulgaria - Original Recording, Elektra

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

Broadcasts

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