August 30th, 2010
by Tina Sweet
Linda Cristal is a lady of many talents including a lovely singing voice. I caught up with Linda to chat about her CD and her love for music.
Linda keeps her musical talent all in the family. Her father, she says, could have been a concert pianist. Her mother had an absolutely beautiful singing voice. Linda sings and plays the piano. Both her sons also play the piano. When asked if she played other instruments she replied, “Oh no no, only my IPod. But I love listening to music!”
I knew from previous conversations with Linda that she had her own band for years singing on the weekends even when she was due on the set of the High Chaparral on Monday morning. When asked how she started her band, she replied, “I always loved singing, just loved it!” She would sing at gatherings, parties, etc. People kept telling her how great she could sing and eventually she got the group together and they performed all over the country. They did both western and Spanish numbers. She and Mark Slade also performed together in many areas. Unfortunately, they never recorded any of their concerts or rehearsals.
Linda Cristal photo provided courtesy of Ginny Shook of Out West Entertainment
I asked her how she kept up the pace – singing on the weekend, traveling, and then reporting early on the set at High Chaparral on Monday. She had to get up at 4:00 a.m. to be on the set. Her answer didn’t surprise me at all. She said, “I am the ‘Bionic Woman,’ I love to stay busy!”
After singing with her group for a while the idea of the CD came up, and she went into the recording studio. She said the odd thing was that the guy who made the arrangements for the songs was tone deaf. Linda chose all ten selections, all romantic songs, because as she says, “I am a romantic.” Her favorite selections are Me Muero (my favorite) and Lalo. A clip from Te Dije Adios is included at Out West Entertanment to give you a small sampling of Linda’s lovely voice. A mixture of both soothing romantic selections as well as a few lively numbers, Linda puts her heart and soul into every song – her love for music clearly demonstrated in each selection.
High Chaparral CDs, Personalized Autographed Photos Available
Did you know that several of the High Chaparral cast members have CDs available? Check out information on each of them in this and future newsletters.
You can get your own personal Linda Cristal photo, signed by Linda with a note to you! CDs and photos can be ordered from www.outwestentertainment.com.
CDs and photos from your favorite Chaparral stars – Linda Cristal, Henry Darrow, Don Collier, Rudy Ramos and Ted Markland, are available at Out West Entertainment.