Linda Hargrove

Linda Hargrove

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Linda Hargrove - The Original Blue Jean Country Queen. Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Engineer

Biography

Linda Hargrove - The Original Blue Jean Country Queen. This Florida-born woman - child of the South - recorded for Elektra, Capitol and RCA in the 1970's She released independent gospel albums in the 80's. She wrote #1 Country hits for George Jones “TENNESSEE WHISKEY" and Johnny Rodriquez "JUST GET UP AND CLOSE THE DOOR" as well as the #1 Adult Contemporary Hit for Olivia Newton-John in 1975, "LET IT SHINE" Linda has also written chart hits and award-winning songs for Olivia Newton-John, Lynn Anderson, Marty Robbins, Leon Russell, Michael Nesmith, Ernest Tubb, Tammy Wynette among many others. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1986, Linda underwent an experimental bone marrow transplant in 1990.

When Linda Hargrove arrived in Nashville 39 years ago she was without peer or role model. There were no women playing guitars on sessions, much less master sessions. There were less than a handful of women songwriters. Within a year, Linda was playing on records with A-Team players like Chet Atkins and Grady Martin and having her songs recorded by major recording artists. Linda recorded for 3 major label throughout the 70's, releasing 5 albums and charting a number of singles. She toured extensively with her band throughout the US playing concerts, fairs, festivals and clubs. The Country Music World wasn't ready for a "Redneck Woman" much less a "Blue Jean Country Queen" in the 70's and 80's.

Linda got married in 1980 and made a major change in her career, focusing her music in the gospel and inspirational genre. She released two gospel albums in the 80's. She continued to tour and perform in the U.S and in England.

Linda's career took an even more drastic turn and was literally "put on hold" when she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 1986. She was given the prognosis of death within 6 to 8 years, but three years later in 1989 she was told that her death was imminent without intervention. She underwent an experimental bone marrow transplant in 1990 at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. She was the only patient out of 30 others in the study to survive and remains Moffitt's longest surviving transplant patient.

Linda returned to Nashville to resume her career in 1993 only to put it on hold again in 1995 while she took care of her husband, Charlie, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Charlie moved to a nursing home in 1997 and Linda left Nashville in 1999, relocating to Panacea, FL on the Gulf Coast near Tallahassee where she grew up.

While living in Panacea, Linda continued writing and producing, producing other bands and artists, in addition to performing in local venues and recording her own projects. The completion of 'ONE WOMAN'S LIFE" in 2005 - a project Linda started in 1995 - marked a milestone in the miraculous story of this artist/songwriter's career. The self-produced and self-engineered project was the first CD format album she had released in her career. She also co-publishes the Grammy nominated song "COLORS" written by Rocko Heermance and Jimbeau Hinson recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys in 2003.

Linda recently moved to Monroe, LA in NE Louisiana ( October 2008) where she lived at one time during the early 1980s. She continues to create and perform music.

"Add up all the tears
Take away the years
And multiply them by the miles
Then divide them by the trials
And you'll figure out
The sum of ONE WOMAN'S LIFE"

Lyrics

GOD BLESS THE WINE

Written By: Linda Hargrove

GOD BLESS THE WINE
(Linda Hargrove)

Here on this vine I'm one of the branches
Planted on purpose for these circumstances
I find by design
so I say, God bless the vineyard
God bless the wine

My dreams are like leaves born in the springtime
Spreading their wings through rain and in sunshine to die
Oh, then fly
So I say God Bless the vineyard
God Bless the Wine

Oh, and it takes some heat to make the wine sweeter you know
And barring disaster soon at the Master's table we'll flow

Well, I can't complain for the time that it's taken
I don't know much but I know wine-making takes time
If it's fine
So I say, God Bless the vineyard
God Bless the Wine

Oh, and there's a communion and such sweet reunion to go
When tears turn to laughter the joy ever after is all that we'll know

Well, I bear the fruit of somebody's labors
Someone who love me -- a Friend like a savior -- they shine
Don't they shine!
I say, God Bless the vineyard
God bless the wine, bless the wine
God bless the vineyard
God bless the wine.

Copyright Linda Hargrove Songs, BMI

DREAMIN'

Written By: Linda Hargrove

DREAMIN'
(Linda Hargrove)

It wasn't so very long ago I woke up to the Truth
The facts don't always add up even stacked against the proof
The peace of mind I'm seeking's only found within
Obtained as I imagine how I feel it in the end
CHORUS:
Oh, oh, I still have a dream
I can't let go, no
The feelings bring the means
And it will come to pass
It will be but it won't last
So I gotta keep DREAMIN'
Dreamin' like I'm singin' a song
I keep on DREAMIN'
And making this all up as I go along
I keep on DREAMIN'
Like I'm breathin'
Keep on DREAMIN'
Like I'm breathin'
Now I lay me down to pray to dream while I'm awake
To look upon the future that my heart and I create
A pity how some preachers say, "You can only go so far...."
They say someday that Christ will come
Oh, they don't know who you are
CHORUS:
Oh, oh, I still have a dream
I can't let go, no
The feelings bring the means
And it will come to pass
It will be but it won't last
So I gotta keep DREAMIN'
Dreamin' like I'm singin' a song
I keep on DREAMIN'
And making this all up as I go along
I keep on DREAMIN'
Like I'm breathin'
Keep on DREAMIN'
Like I'm breathin'
Oh, My God, My Father, I'm the mother of my birth
Good, bad, or indifferent I determine my own worth
My senses serve my spirit now - they don't enslave my soul
I believe it as I dream it and I watch my life unfold
CHORUS:
Oh, oh, I still have a dream
I can't let go, no
The feelings bring the means
And it will come to pass
It will be but it won't last
So I gotta keep DREAMIN'
Dreamin' like I'm singin' a song
I keep on DREAMIN'
And making this all up as I go along
I keep on DREAMIN'
Like I'm breathin'
Keep on breathin'
Like I'm DREAMIN'
Dream on, Dream on, yeah
Dream on, yeah
 Copyright Linda Hargrove Songs, BMI

I'VE NEVER LOVED ANYONE MORE

Written By: Linda Hargrove/Michael Nesmith

I'VE NEVER LOVED ANYONE MORE
(Linda Hargrove/Michael Nesmith)

It seems that I don't think about you too much
And I'm not too sure why I thought of you now
Time has a way of numbing the touch
But I still recall when you left me
Just how much it hurt me to stand there
Just watchin' you leave
I couldn't believe it was true
After moments we shared and the souls that we bared......
I've Never Loved Anyone More
But like I said, I don't think of you much
There's someone beside me who helps me forget
He's shown me how not to think of you now
So when I remember you I don't regret
That we couldn't hold on to the dreams that we shared
The dreams that were there to believe in
And for all of the pain I would love you again
I've Never Loved Anyone More
And for all of the pain I would love you again
I've Never Loved Anyone More

©1974 Window Musiic Publishing Co, Inc. BMI
         EMI Music Publishing Co. Inc BMI

TENNESSEE WHISKEY

Written By: Linda Hargrove/Dean Dillon

TENNESSEE WHISKEY
(Linda Hargrove/Dean Dillon)
I used to spend my nights out in a barroom
Liquor was the only love I'd known
But you rescued me from reachin' for the bottom, baby
And you brought me back from being too far gone.
CHORUS:
And you're as smooth as TENNESSEE WHISKEY
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And I stay stoned on your love all the time
Oh, I looked for love in all the same old places
Found the bottom of the bottle always dry
So when you poured out your heart I didn't waste it
'Cause there's nothing like your love to get me high
CHORUS:
Baby, You're as smooth as TENNESSEE WHISKEY
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And I stay stoned on your love all the time
Honey, You're as smooth as TENNESSEE WHISKEY
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And I stay stoned on your love all the time
Copyright EMI/Algee Music Corp, BMI/Universal Songs of Polygram

Discography

ALBUMS
1973 - "Music is Your Mistress" - Elektra Records EKS-75063
1974 - "Blue Jean Country Queen" - Elektra Records 7E-1013
1975 - "Love, You're The Teacher" - Capitol Records ST-11463
1976 - "Just Like You" - Capitol Records ST-11564
1977 - "Impressions" - Capitol Records ST-11685
1982 - "A New Song" - Fig Tree Records n/a
1989 - "Greater Works" - ThreeFold Productions n/a
2005 - "One Woman's Life" - Panacea Productons PPL-01

SINGLES
"Fallen Angel" 1973 ELEKTRA #: 45854
"Let It Shine" 1973 ELEKTRA #: 45870
"Blue Jean Country Queen" 1974 ELEKTRA #: 45204
"I Never Loved Anymore More" 1974 ELEKTRA #: 45215
"What If We're Running Out Of Love" 1974 ELEKTRA #: 45877
"Love Was (Once Around The Dance Floor) 1975 CAPITOL #: 4153
"Love, You're The Teacher" 1976 CAPITOL #: 4228
"Fire At First Sight" 1976 CAPITOL #: 4283
"Most Of All" 1976 CAPITOL #: 4355
"Down To My Pride" 1977 CAPITOL #: 4390
"Mexican Love Songs" 1977 CAPITOL #: 4447
"You Are Still The One" 1978 RCA #: 11378

Set List

Linda plays all the songs on her current CD as well as favorites from her 1970's and 80's albums, such as "Love Was (Once Around the Dancefloor); "All Alone in Austin"; "Let It Shine"; "Just Get Up and Close the Door"; "Save the Children"; "Mem'ries". Along with her originals she performs an eclectic variety of classic country and rock songs.

Most requested Originals
"Tennessee Whiskey"
"Let It Shine"
"Just Get Up And Close The Door"
"Mem'ries"
"I've Never Loved Anyone More"

Most Requested Covers
"Good Hearted Woman"
"Delta Dawn"
"I Can't Make You Love Me"
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
"Alcohol"
"You Never Even Called Me By My Name"
"Crazy"
"Walkin' After Midnight"
"I Fall To Pieces"
"Desperado"
"Boulder To Birmingham"
"City Of New Orleans"
and others