RhinoThis Friday, fans will finally get to check out previously unheard music that Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris recorded years ago for their collaborative Trio albums, as The Complete Trio Collection — featuring a bevy of unreleased recordings by the lauded singers — makes its way into the world.

After years of trying to make an album together, the three divas finally released their first country single in 1987, although the song itself seemed like a bit of a left turn: It was a cover version of the Phil Spector-penned “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” originally a 1958 hit for Spector’s group The Teddy Bears.

“An unusual choice, but Emmy’s choice and just fit her brilliantly,” Ronstadt recalls in a new interview posted on YouTube. “I’m a huge Phil Spector fan. Emmy just interpreted that song. She gave it a whole new life.”

Things didn’t go quite as expected, however, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and her Country Music Hall of Fame cohorts almost came face to face with the notoriously eccentric Spector, who’s currently serving time in California on a murder conviction.

“I remember we went to the Country Music Awards and we won an award for that,” Linda recounts. “Phil Spector was there at the after-party and Emmy started to go up to say hello to him and the two bodyguards grabbed her and sort of pulled her away. They didn’t know who she was! She just wanted to tell him thank you for writing the song.”

As previously reported, The Complete Trio Collection features newly remastered editions of 1987’s Trio and 1999’s Trio II, as well as a disc of unreleased tracks and alternate versions of songs from the two albums.

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