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Linda Thompson Sings Through Her Dysphonia

WBUR
Friday, October 25, 2013

British singer Linda Thompson was one of the most recognized names on the folk scene in the 1970s and 1980s, performing solo, and with her former husband Richard Thompson.

After a difficult breakup, the pair had one final, acrimonious tour to promote their last album “Shoot Out The Lights.” Linda then was plagued by dysphonia, which made singing difficult. Sometimes, her voice just wouldn’t come out.

Despite that, she’s managed to produce several more albums. The latest is “Won’t be Long Now.” Richard Thompson makes an appearance, as well as several other members of Linda’s family.

As Thompson tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, she still struggles with dysphonia: “It’s getting now that it’s worse when I speak. I think I’m more nervous now of speaking than singing.”

Thompson would like to hear from others suffering with dysphonia. She asks that they contact her on her Facebook page.

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