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  • Oct 12, 1977
    "Simple Dreams" becomes Linda Ronstadt's third RIAA-certified platinum album
    Dec 17, 1977
    Linda Ronstadt logs a week in the top position on the Billboard country albums chart with "Simple Dreams"
    Jan 23, 1978
    "Blue Bayou," written by Roy Orbison, brings Linda Ronstadt a gold single from the Recording Industry Association of America
    Jan 24, 1978
    Asylum releases Warren Zevon's album "Excitable Boy," produced by Jackson Browne. It introduces "Werewolves Of London," borrowed by Kid Rock 30 years later for the country hit "All Summer Long"
    Mar 1, 1978
    The Eagles begin work on "The Long Run." Conway Twitty will remake the album's "Heartache Tonight" as a country hit. Lorrie Morgan covers "The Sad Cafe" and Vince Gill does "I Can't Tell You Why" for "Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles"
    Sep 19, 1978
    Asylum releases the Linda Ronstadt album "Living In The U.S.A."
    Sep 22, 1978
    Linda Ronstadt's album "Living In The U.S.A." is certified gold and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America
    Nov 21, 1978
    Elektra/Asylum releases the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way But Loose." Included: Mel Tillis' "Coca Cola Cowboy" and "Send Me Down To Tucson," Eddie Rabbitt's title cut and music from Charlie Rich, Carol Chase, Hank Thompson, Larry Collins and Phil Everly
    Dec 7, 1978
    Jimmy Bowen becomes the head of Elektra/Asylum Records, whose roster includes Eddie Rabbitt and Hank Williams Jr.
    Jan 12, 1979
    Kenny Rogers and Linda Ronstadt win two trophies apiece at the American Music Awards, with "Blue Bayou" named Favorite Country Single. Also winning: Crystal Gayle and The Statler Brothers

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