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08/20/2010

Linda Ronstadt's memories of Kenny Edwards

August 20, 2010 |  2:33 pm


Times pop music writer Randy Lewis spoke with singer Linda Ronstadt on Thursday evening about musician Kenny Edwards, who died Wednesday at 64.

In the mid-1960s Ronstadt, Edwards and Bobby Kimmel found fame as the Stone Poneys with their hit "Different Drum" (see the YouTube clip). Ronstadt reminisced with Lewis about the band members' early days in Santa Monica.

We had a little house on Hart [Avenue], and in one block, the Doors lived across the street, Pete Seeger’s dad lived in another house and the whole Seeger family thing was going there; [actor] Ron Perlman lived in another. There was a soul food restaurant in the neighborhood, and you could walk to the Nuart [Theatre]. I got exposed to a cultural world I never knew about. It was a hippie crash pad, but it cost $60 a month, which was split about 15 ways. I could make $30 last for a month.

There's more at the Times' Pop and Hiss blog.

-- Claire Noland

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