Monday, October 01, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Richard & Linda Thompson

Artist:Richard & Linda Thompson
Song:Don't Renege On Our Love
Album:Shoot Out The Lights

British singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson has been around since the 60s and is still around. But in the 70s, he recorded a series of highly acclaimed albums with wife Linda Thompson. Shoot Out The Lights was recorded as the marriage was deteriorating and though it was highly acclaimed, they split up anyway. Richard Thompson was born Apr. 3, 1949 in London, England. He was first noticed as a member of the late 60s folk group Fairport Convention. Thompson was gaining a reputation as an outstanding guitarist and then he started writing songs. Thompson left Fairport Convention in 1971 and recorded his solo debut Henry The Human Fly in 1972. Linda Peters was a background singer on the album and the two married and started working together soon after. Their 1974 album I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight was highly acclaimed but didn't sell. They recorded two more albums and then Richard quit the music business after converting to Muslim. He returned to music in 1977 and they released the album First Light in 1979 on Chrysalis Records. It didn't sell so Chrysalis dropped them. In 1980, they toured with Gerry Rafferty and he agreed to finance Shoot Out The Lights. They signed with Joe Boyd's Hannibal label and toured the US. The album was highly acclaimed and it looked like they might break through. But the marriage had broken up and they couldn't work together anymore. It's very obvious what songs like Don't Renege On Our Love are about. Richard Thompson commutes between London and Los Angeles and still tours and records. Linda Thompson was on the fringe of the London folk music scene before she married Richard. And she has gone back to that though in recent years she has toured with their son Teddy Thompson. Richard & Linda Thompson reunited on a 2010 Kate McGarrigle tribute concert. Shoot Out The Lights is worth getting. Here's Richard Thompson performing Don't Renege On Our Love on Rockpalast in Germany 1983.

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