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The Stone Poneys

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The Stone Poneys were a Los Angeles, California folk-rock trio consisting of Bob Kimmel (rhythm guitar), Ken Edwards (lead guitar), and Linda Ronstadt (vocals). Their three albums were produced by Nik Venet, and most of the songs were written by Kimmel and Edwards. The band’s misspelled name came from Charlie Patton’s “The Stone Pony Blues.”

The first album, The Stone Poneys, was released in January 1967 (Ronstadt co-wrote “Wild About My Lovin’”).

The Stone Poneys are best known for a song on their second album, Evergreen Vol. 2 (released June 1967), that they did not write: Mike Nesmith’s “Different Drum.” Their version is similar to John Herald’s vocal with the Greenbriar Boys. It hit the Billboard Magazine pop chart on December 9, 1967 and stayed in the Top 100 for 13 weeks, peaking at #13. Ronstadt was surprised when it was a hit because she was unsatisfied with its arrangements.

Their third album was titled Linda Ronstadt Stone Poneys and Friends Vol. III (released April 1968), and only her picture was on the cover. It included another Nesmith song, “Some of Shelly’s Blues,” and ended with the Laura Nyro song, “Stoney End,” which turned out to have been aptly named (although the song was not written for the Stone Poneys). By then, everyone who had heard “Different Drum” knew who Linda Ronstadt was, and she was off on her solo career.

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