The Trio, “Those Memories”

It’s not often that someone writes a song that sounds so much like it could have been written by a legendary master that the superstars of the world will record it. That was not only the case with this one, but in maybe the highest of compliments, the writer it mostly sounds like even recorded it himself. The song is “Those Memories of You,” a top 10 single (number one in Canada) by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris from their 1987 album Trio. The Trio album was an event not only because those three singers were each stars, but because once they discovered whose ranges worked best in combination with each other, they produced a stunning vocal blend. Trio included a number of great songs with backing by the finest L.A. and Nashville musicians, and “Those Memories of You” (sometimes known just as “Those Memories”) was the standout track to many. Written in 1979 by bluegrass banjo player Alan O’Bryant, the song sounds like something Bill Monroe would have written, or at the very least, something he might have recorded on his way to becoming known as the “Father of Bluegrass.” Well, Monroe (with his son James) actually…

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