Anglo For Your Ear: Richard and Linda Thompson’s “A Heart Needs a Home”

Couples can often make beautiful music together. Examples include, we have the various pairings within Fleetwood Mac, Ashford & Simpson, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire.

Amongst romantic couples, no two voices have blended as perfectly as Richard and Linda Thompson, who married in 1969. Richard was a guitar virtuoso and member of the folk band Fairport Convention; Linda was known for performing commercial jingles. Thompson left FC in 1970 and recorded I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight with wife Linda in 1973. Thankfully, Linda, a trained vocalist, proved a much better singer than that other musician’s wife named Linda, Ms. McCartney. This live 1975 version of “A Heart Needs a Home” is a great showcase for Ms. Thompson.

Richard and Linda split in 1982.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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