Sorry for the lapse in posting your favorite daily dose of obscure but lovable tidbits from American music history. Here's a real good one, from perhaps the prettiest girl to ever step foot in a recording studio.

She knew plenty of pain, that Linda Ronstadt. Judging this best-of compilation, she had been through a number of crushing breakups. She put every feeling into song, and they soared on her mountain-stream voice and ear for picking just the right song to capture the mood.