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Collaborations are an essential part of the music community, and country music is no exception. Some of the greatest country tunes to hit the radio are the result of collaborations between country artists.
Every now and then, a country star teams up with someone outside of the genre, and such collaborations have also generated major hits and show stopping performances. As a result of these collaborations, some “outsider” artists end up finding a home in the country music community.
Two artists who were not originally labeled as country stars but have since become part of the family are Neil Diamond and Linda Ronstadt. As a pop singer, Diamond became known for his many hit songs, such as “Sweet Caroline,” and his popularity has led to crossover success. Ronstadt was a rock artist by trade, but has also dabbled in country music from time to time, most notably for the Trio albums with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.
A country boy from the start, Glen Campbell once invited these two talented artists on to his variety show to perform a medley of songs Diamond had written. Diamond opened the medley by singing “New York Boy,” before Campbell jumped in and joined him on “Holly Holy.”
Then Ronstadt stepped up and beautifully sang “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind” all on her own. After a while, Diamond and Campbell came to her side and finished singing with her, and the way their voices sound together can only be described as magical.
Rondstadt and Diamond then sang a duet of “I’m a Believer,” which was originally made famous by The Monkees. Campbell also performed a duet with Ronstadt, joining her for “Thank the Lord for the Night Time.”
The nearly seven minute medley contained one phenomenal moment after another. Honestly, how does it get any better than watching three music legends share the same stage?
You can see the outstanding moment for yourself in the clip below. We’d say the only thing wrong with this medley is that it ends too soon!