Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good (1974)

Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good (1974)
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"You're No Good" is a song written by Clint Ballard, Jr. which first charted for Betty Everett in 1963 and became a number 1 hit in 1975 for Linda Ronstadt. The original version of "You're No Good" was cut by Dee Dee Warwick for Jubilee Records in 1963 with production by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

It was Linda Ronstadt who would have the biggest success with a remake of "You're No Good" for her double platinum career-defining Heart Like A Wheel album released in late 1974 by Capitol Records. Ronstadt had been featuring the song to close her live shows, her band member Kenny Edwards having suggested it to her, the song first being included in Ronstadt's setlist while she was opening for Neil Young during the first three months of 1973: Ronstadt gave an early performance of "You're No Good" on an episode of The Midnight Special which was broadcast December 21, 1973.

Ronstadt recorded her Heart Like a Wheel album with producer Peter Asher in the summer of 1974 at the Sound Factory: "You're No Good" was a last-minute choice for recording, and while the song was Ronstadt's suggestion Asher recalls: "It was an odd coincidence. She’d been doing the song already, and it was always a favorite song of mine...the version I fell in love with the Swinging Blue Jeans". The original backing track intended for Ronstadt's version of "You're No Good" was recorded July 1, 1974: according to Bob Warford, a guitarist in Ronstadt's touring band who played on the July 1 track: "They were trying to do an R&B version of the song, which was actually closer to the way we did it live than to the released version. We played it at a faster tempo live, which we did on that recording." Ronstadt vetoed the July 1 arrangement: she recalls: "It was just the wrong groove for me. I don’t think I knew how to phrase around [the players] certainly no fault of theirs. They were fantastic."

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