Linda Hargrove

Real Name:
Linda Ann Hargrove
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Songwriter, singer, musician. Born February 3, 1949 in Tallahassee, Florida and died October 24, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida, USA at the age of 61.
One of the biggest country hit composers of the 1970s, she wrote or co-wrote for at least a dozen superstars. Among her most successful songs are “Tennessee Whiskey” (George Jones, 1983, David Allan Coe, 1981)), “Just Get Up and Close the Door” (Johnny Rodriguez, 1975), “Let It Shine” (Olivia Newton-John, 1976), “I’ve Never Loved Anyone More” (Lynn Anderson, 1975), “New York City Song” (Tanya Tucker, 1973, Jan Howard, 1973) and “Half My Heart’s in Texas” (Ernest Tubb, 1978).
Others who recorded Hargrove tunes include Leon Russell, Michael Nesmith, Marty Robbins, Tracy Nelson, Eddy Arnold, Loretta Lynn, Al Green, Tammy Wynette, Sandy Posey, Jean Shepard, Anita Carter, Billie Jo Spears, B.J. Thomas, Dottie West, Jim Ed Brown, Moe Bandy, Tommy James, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel and Barbara Fairchild.
Linda Hargrove was also a recording artist, herself. Between 1974 and 1978, she released eight charting singles on Elektra, Capitol and RCA. Her biggest singing success was 1975’s “Love Was (Once Around the Dance Floor).”
Her five major-label country albums were Music Is Your Mistress (1973, Elektra), Blue Jean Country Queen (1974, Elektra), Love You’re the Teacher (Capitol, 1975), Just Like You (Capitol, 1976) and Impressions (Capitol, 1977).
At a time when female country performers were highly coiffed in glamorous evening gowns, Linda Hargrove defied convention by wearing her straight hair unstyled, not using makeup and dressing in denim. Hence her billing as “The Blue Jean Country Queen.”
Born in Florida in 1949, Linda Hargrove became intrigued by Music City after hearing Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline album of 1969. In 1970, producer and steel guitarist Pete Drake discovered Hargrove, signed her to a song-publishing contract and began using her as a guitarist on recording sessions by Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis and other stars.
Within a few years, Hargrove was producing sessions, herself. Among her productions were ad jingles for Plymouth, Frito-Lay, Golden Flake potato chips and Dodge trucks.
She married and underwent a religious conversion. As Linda Bartholomew, her married name, she recorded gospel albums in 1981 and 1989. She also left Nashville and returned to her native Florida.
Signed to a second song-publishing contract on Music Row in 1993, she returned to Music City to perform showcases in 1993, 1994 and 1996. She issued her final album, One Woman’s Life, in 2005.
Throughout those years, her health became precarious. She had been diagnosed with leukemia in 1986.
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Albums

EKS-75063 Linda Hargrove - Music Is Your Mistress album art Linda Hargrove Music Is Your Mistress (Album) Elektra EKS-75063 US 1973 Sell This Version
7E-1013 Linda Hargrove - Blue Jean Country Queen album art Linda Hargrove Blue Jean Country Queen (Album) Elektra 7E-1013 US 1974 Sell This Version
7E-1013 Linda Hargrove - Blue Jean Country Queen album art Linda Hargrove Blue Jean Country Queen(LP, Album, San) Elektra 7E-1013 US 1974 Sell This Version
ST-11463 Linda Hargrove - Love, You're The Teacher album art Linda Hargrove Love, You're The Teacher (Album) Capitol Records ST-11463 US 1975 Sell This Version
ST 11564 Linda Hargrove - Just Like You album art Linda Hargrove Just Like You(LP, Album) Capitol Records ST 11564 US 1976 Sell This Version
ST-11685 Linda Hargrove - Impressions album art Linda Hargrove Impressions Capitol Records ST-11685 US 1977 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ELK 12 116 Linda Hargrove - Fallen Angel / My Secret Self album art Linda Hargrove Fallen Angel / My Secret Self (Single) Elektra ELK 12 116 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
EK-45870 Linda Hargrove - Let It Shine album art Linda Hargrove Let It Shine(7", Mono, Promo) Elektra EK-45870 US 1973 Sell This Version
32159 Linda Hargrove - What If We Were Runnin' Out Of Love /New York City Song album art Linda Hargrove What If We Were Runnin' Out Of Love /New York City Song (Single) Elektra 32159 Argentina 1974 Sell This Version
E-45215 Linda Hargrove - I've Never Loved Anyone More album art Linda Hargrove I've Never Loved Anyone More Elektra E-45215 US 1974 Sell This Version
4228 Linda Hargrove - Love, You're The Teacher / Save The Children album art Linda Hargrove Love, You're The Teacher / Save The Children(7", Single) Capitol Records 4228 US 1975 Sell This Version
4390 Linda Hargrove - Down To My Pride album art Linda Hargrove Down To My Pride (Single) Capitol Records 4390 US 1976 Sell This Version
P-4355 Linda Hargrove - Most Of All album art Linda Hargrove Most Of All (Single) Capitol Records P-4355 US 1976 Sell This Version
4283 Linda Hargrove - 20/20 Hindsight album art Linda Hargrove 20/20 Hindsight (Single) Capitol Records 4283 US 1976 Sell This Version
4447 Linda Hargrove - Not Even For Love album art Linda Hargrove Not Even For Love (Single) Capitol Records 4447 US 1977 Sell This Version
JH-11378 Linda Hargrove - You Are Still The One / I Forgave (But I Forget To Forget) album art Linda Hargrove You Are Still The One / I Forgave (But I Forget To Forget) RCA JH-11378 US 1978 Sell This Version
JH-11493 Linda Hargrove - You're The Only One Of You I've Got album art Linda Hargrove You're The Only One Of You I've Got(7", Promo) RCA JH-11493 US 1979 Sell This Version
4153 Linda Hargrove - Love Was / Half My Heart's In Texas album art Linda Hargrove Love Was / Half My Heart's In Texas(7", Single) Capitol Records 4153 US Unknown Sell This Version
AM 1543 Linda Hargrove - Lisa Martine album art Lisa Martine, Morris Albert, Linda Hargrove, Larry Fox Lisa Martine, Morris Albert, Linda Hargrove, Larry Fox - Lisa Martine(7", Single, Smplr) Neal Records (2) AM 1543 US Unknown Sell This Version