Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

Highest Rated: 98% The Last Waltz (1978)

Lowest Rated: 50% Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle (2012)

Birthday: Apr 2, 1947

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Though Emmylou Harris earned a boatload of Grammys and hit country singles over the course of her long career, her greatest achievements were aesthetic in nature. First with Gram Parsons and then on her own, she did an enormous amount to further the causes of country rock, progressive country, and alt country over the years. And since she was primarily an interpreter rather than a writer, she helped to shine a light on the work of some of America's greatest singer/songwriters who otherwise flew under the radar, like Townes Van Zandt and David Olney, as well as giving numerous great musicians a leg up via membership in her Hot Band. Harris was born on April 7, 1941 in Birmingham, Alabama, and started out as a folk singer. She released the indie album Gliding Bird in 1969 to little notice, but it was her partnership with country-rock trailblazer Gram Parsons in the '70s that first earned attention for her. Harris sang on his classic albums GP and Grievous Angel in 1973 and '74 respectively, helping to create the country-rock template in the process. She struck out on her own again in 1975 with Pieces of the Sky on Reprise, debuting an innovative blend of folk, rock 'n' roll, and classic country influences and covering songs by The Beatles, Merle Haggard, and The Everly Brothers. The approach was a commercial success straight out of the gate on the Country album and singles charts and continued to be so through the '80s. By the mid '90s, she was considered a key influence on the emerging alt-country movement, but she began a series of left turns, working with producer/guitarist Daniel Lanois on 1995's highly acclaimed Wrecking Ball, achieving a swirling, textural sound closer to swampy psychedelia than country. She expanded on that sound over her next couple of albums, earning a whole new audience in the process. Though she'd already won more than a dozen Grammys in her career, in 2018 Harris was given the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Highest rated movies

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 75% Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Unknown (Character) - 2019
89% 99% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice Self $4.3M 2019
77% 53% The King Self $253.0K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Revival: The Sam Bush Story Unknown (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited Unknown (Character) - 2015
50% 67% Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle Unknown (Character) - 2012
90% 79% Neil Young: Heart of Gold Unknown (Character) $1.8M 2006
94% 91% Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt Self $129.4K 2004
97% 86% Down From the Mountain Self $301.4K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bill Monroe: The Father of Bluegrass Music Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 70% Baja Oklahoma Self - 1988
98% 94% The Last Waltz Self $322.0K 1978

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Skyville Live Unknown (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Your Dog's New Normal: Navigating Life After Quarantine Guest 2021
63% No Score Yet CMT Crossroads Music Performer 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2016 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvis Presley: The Searcher Self 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Music City Roots: Live From the Loveless Cafe Music Performer 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Music Performer 2015
No Score Yet 100% Austin City Limits Music Performer 2010 2013 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2011
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundstage Music Performer 2007 2010
31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Music Performer 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2008