Song of the Day, December 30: Different Drum by the Stone Poneys

stonedrumToday’s song is a wonderful collaboration that launched a legendary career. After a semester of college, Linda Ronstadt decided to pursue a music career and moved to Los Angeles. She reconnected with a friend from Tuscon, Bobby Kimmel, who had begun collaborating with Kenny Edwards. The three shared a fondness for folk-tinged pop, and formed the Stone Poneys.

They released three albums in fifteen months, the second of which featured their lone single. Different Drum was written by Mike Nesmith before he joined the Monkees, and it’s a perfect fit for the Poneys. A song of romantic frustration and independent spirit, it finds magic in Ronstadt’s delivery. She retained the reference to her suitor as “pretty”, a nice twist that makes her declaration of the need to find herself even more powerful.

The trio split up after their third album. Kimmel became a successful folk musician, Edwards a strong pop presence who collaborated with many artists before his death in 2010. Ronstadt honed the folk-pop sound the Poneys had started and launched an impressive solo career, culminating with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Enjoy this classic song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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