Linda Rondstadt Says The Doors Would've Been Better Without Jim Morrison
Linda Ronstadt says that Jim Morrison probably held the Doors back. Ronstadt, who'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, recalled her days as the frontwoman of the Stone Poneys in L.A. during the '60s, when the band played the same circuit as the Doors, and eventually served as their opening act on the road.
In a new career spanning interview with Record Collector, she remembered her initial impression of the Doors back on the Sunset Strip: "I used to watch the Doors play every night. I thought they were fabulous. I didn't much care for Morrison's singing even before we toured with them. The first time I saw them play live was at the Whisky A Go Go and they had just recorded 'Light My Fire' and it hadn't become a big hit yet. I was very impressed with the group and said, 'They're gonna be a big hit band!' But to be frank, I thought if they'd gotten a better singer they'd be a much better group."
Although Linda Ronstadt was dubbed the "Queen of Rock" in the late-'70s, she told us that she didn't truly find her voice until she began singing and recording Mexican music in the mid-1980's: "It's the most who I am. It's the most of my soul and the place where, essentially, I think I come from. It gave me back my identity, instead of this kind of, 'rock n' roll' -- whatever, y'know? I mean, 'pop star,' whatever it's supposed to be, y'know? Which I never thought of myself as a rock n' roll singer. I always thought of myself as a singer -- mainly a ballad singer, but a singer that sang lots of different kinds of stuff."
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