Before she was a platinum record-selling solo artist, before Jerry Brown, before Broadway, Linda Ronstadt was the lead singer of the Stone Poneys. The Poneys were a folk trio out of LA working in the Peter Paul & Mary mode. They hit the top 20 in 1967 with Different Drum, and upbeat number written by none other than Mike Nesmith of the Monkees.
Ronstadt (billed as "Linda Maria Ronstadt"), was the reason the song was a hit. At 21, her voice was already as powerful as it would be on her later, solo recordings. And dig that crazy harpsichord break.
Apparently, the band was popular enough to score a commercial endorsement deal. As an extra special bonus, here's their '67 radio spot for Pepsi. We've always been partial to Coke, but Linda's magnificent voice is enough to make us switch.
Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys - Different Drum Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys - Pepsi Radio Spot
that`s really nice, thank you!
I'd love to hear this version. I have a 90's cut where PP Arnold does it. It's a great track.
Do you have the MP3 you can email me?
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