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The Stone Poneys

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The Stone Poneys were a Los Angeles, California-based Folk-Rock trio consisting of Bobby Kimmel (rhythm guitar), Kenny Edwards (lead guitar), and Linda Ronstadt (vocals). Their three albums were produced by the late Nik Venet, best known for production work with The Beach Boys. The songs listed as Kimmel-Edwards compositions were actually written by Kimmel alone. The band’s misspelled name came from Charlie Patton’s Blues song “The Stone Pony Blues.”

The first album, The Stone Poneys, was released on January 30, 1967. It failed to chart. The band’s debut single, ‘Sweet Summer Blue & Gold’, also neglected to attract any national attention. Capitol kept the group active with steady live dates, building a gradual following on the club circuit.

The Stone Poneys are best known for a song on their second - and only charting - album, Evergreen Volume Two (released in June of 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 national trade magazines (Cash Box, Billboard, Record World) and stayed on the Top 100 charts into March. It peaked at #12 in Cash Box and reached #13 in Billboard. (It hit #1 in the Los Angeles market and #6 in Detroit.) Ronstadt was surprised when it became a major hit because she was dissatisfied with its arrangement(s).

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