Linda Thompson

Linda Thompson

British singer of folk rock movement
Date of Birth: 23.08.1947
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Linda Thompson
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Collaborations and Solo Career
  4. Solo Career and Recent Projects

Biography of Linda Thompson

Linda Thompson (born Linda Pettifer on August 23, 1947) is a British singer. She became one of the most famous singers of the British folk-rock movement of the 1970s and 1980s, performing both with her ex-husband and another legend of British folk-rock, guitarist Richard Thompson, as well as a solo artist.

Linda Thompson

Early Life and Career

Linda Thompson was born Linda Pettifer, the sister of actor Brian Pettifer, in London, United Kingdom. When she was six years old, her family moved to Glasgow. Around 1966, Linda started performing in folk clubs and began studying modern languages at the University of London in 1967, although she dropped out after only four months of education. It was during this time that she adopted the stage name "Linda Peters." She sang advertising jingles during the day and performed folk-style shows in coffee houses at night, where she met several influential figures of the folk scene, including Sandy Denny.

Linda Thompson

In 1968, Linda recorded a song by Bob Dylan, "You Ain't Going Nowhere," with Paul McNeill. The song was released as a single under the label "MGM." Paul was another active folk performer at the time and a close friend of Sandy Denny and Alex Campbell. Their second single, released in 1969, was a rendition of John Laudermilk's "You're Taking My Bag."

Collaborations and Solo Career

In the 1970s, Linda had a relationship with Martin Carthy and also briefly dated Joe Boyd. In 1969, she met Richard Thompson, but they didn't work together until 1972. Eventually, Linda gained recognition and received an invitation to join the folk supergroup "The Bunch," which included Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, and Ashley Hutchings. The group released the album "Rock On," featuring covers of classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s. The album's single, a duet of "When Will I Be Loved" by The Everly Brothers performed by Linda and Sandy, became a hit. Linda released her solo single, a cover of "Loco-motion," shortly after.

In 1972, Linda and Richard collaborated on Sandy Denny's solo album, "Sandy," providing backing vocals. They married that same year. Their first album as a duo, credited to Richard and Linda Thompson, was released in 1974. They released two more albums in 1975. Around the same time, Richard became interested in Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam. After a tour, he and Linda spent six months in a Sufi community in eastern England. Richard announced his retirement from music during this time but returned three years later.

In 1978, their album "First Light" was released, featuring Richard's lyrics that tackled wealth, false values, and political hypocrisy. Linda performed the most melancholic and slow songs from her repertoire during tours and album recordings. Their album "Sunnyvista" was released in 1979, followed by "Shoot Out The Lights" in 1982. Despite their crumbling marriage, the latter album achieved incredible success in the United States, leading the Thompsons to embark on a tour across America. After their separation, Linda focused on her solo career.

Solo Career and Recent Projects

After a two-year hiatus due to emotional strain, Linda eventually returned to music. Her most recent project, released in 2007, is a compilation of original compositions and covers titled "Versatile Heart."