Saturday, October 03, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Linda Ronstadt

Artist:Linda Ronstadt
Song:When Will I Be Loved
Album:The Collection

Though Linda Ronstadt had a long career performing several styles of music, her biggest success was in the mid-70s covering oldies like You're No Good and When Will I Be Loved. Linda first had success as lead singer of The Stone Poneys and the 1967 hit Different Drum. After they split up in 1968, Capitol Records turned Linda into a solo artist. But her three albums on Capitol didn't perform to expectations and Linda moved to Asylum Records. She also started working with producer Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon along with Andrew Gold and Kenny Edwards. Gold was the son of film composer Ernst Gold and legendary session singer Marni Nixon. He went on to solo success but he wrote the arrangements for Linda's mid-70s albums. Edwards was a founding member of The Stone Poneys. Linda's 1973 Asylum debut Don't Cry Now was her first Gold album. And she charted especially on the country charts with Silver Threads and Golden Needles. Linda owed Capitol one more album and that album was Heart Like A Wheel. She topped the charts with her cover of Betty Everett's You're No Good. And her cover of The Everly Brothers hit When Will I Be Loved reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album topped the Billboard Hot 200 and it was certified 2XPlatinum. So what Linda needed was the right producer and that was Peter Asher. In the 80s, Linda went more towards a jazz vocal style and she recorded in Spanish like she always wanted. Asher remained her producer until 1993. Her albums continued to sell in the 80s. And of course her 1989 duet with Aaron Neville Don't Know Much was a big hit. This 2CD comp from Music Club covers Linda's entire career. Linda left Asylum in 2000 and recorded for Verve and Vanguard. She announced her retirement in 2011 as she suffers from Parkinson's and can no longer sing. Here's Linda Ronstadt performing When Will I Be Loved on The Midnight Special 1975. The guys on the insets are Andrew Gold and Kenny Edwards.

1 comment:

  1. I loved her Greatest Hits Albums both 1 and 2. There were a lot of songs on the first especially that I liked. She was also during the 70's very beautiful and something of a sex symbol at the time. She could sing.