Showing posts with label Linda Ronstadt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Linda Ronstadt. Show all posts

Linda Ronstadt - Ooh Baby Baby on Living In The U.S.A. (1978)

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"Ooo Baby Baby" is a song written by Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore. It is a classic 1965 hit single by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label. It achieved its greatest commercial success when Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1978 where she reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has inspired numerous other cover versions by other artists over the years, including covers by Ella Fitzgerald, Todd Rundgren, The Five Stairsteps, and many others.



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In 1978, Linda Ronstadt recorded a cover version of "Ooh Baby Baby" and included it on her double-platinum album Living in the USA. Her version of the single reached number 2 on the Contemporary chart and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 (it also hit the R&B and Country singles charts). Her single was produced by Peter Asher and issued on Asylum Records. Ronstadt performed with Smokey Robinson both "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ooh Baby Baby" on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever special broadcast on May 16, 1983.

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Linda Ronstadt - Blue Bayou - on Simple Dreams (1977)

Linda Ronstadt - Blue Bayou - on Simple Dreams (1977)
"Blue Bayou" is the title of a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. It was originally sung and recorded by Orbison who had an international hit with his version in 1963. It later became Linda Ronstadt's signature song, who scored a charting hit with her cover of "Blue Bayou" in 1977. The song has since been recorded by many other artists over the years.

Linda Ronstadt took the song to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1977 — where it held for four weeks — as well as #2 Country and #3 Easy Listening. It also reached #2 — for four weeks — on the Cash Box Top 100 chart.

The single was RIAA certified Gold (for sales of over 1 million US copies) in January 1978. It was the first of Ronstadt's three Gold singles. Don Henley of the Eagles sang backup on the recording. "Blue Bayou" was later certified Platinum (for over 2 million copies sold in the United States). It was a worldwide smash and was also popular in a Spanish-language version called "Lago Azul".

Ronstadt later performed the song on an episode of The Muppet Show.

Because of this song, Dickson's Baseball Dictionary records that a "Linda Ronstadt" is a synonym for a fastball, a pitch that "blew by you." That phrase was coined by Mets broadcaster Tim McCarver during a Mets telecast in the '80s.



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Linda Ronstadt - When Will I Be Loved? On Heart Like A Wheel Album (1975)

Linda Ronstadt - When Will I Be Loved On Heart Like A Wheel Album (1975)
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"When Will I Be Loved" is a classic popular song written by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, who had a hit with it in 1960. Linda Ronstadt covered the song in 1975 and her version was an even bigger hit.

The song had its highest profile when Linda Ronstadt covered it on her album Heart Like A Wheel. This version rearranges the verses of the Everly Brothers original, transposing the first and third verses. Capitol Records was reportedly unsure whether to release "When Will I Be Loved" or "You're No Good" as the lead 45 off of Heart Like a Wheel, finally deciding to issue "You're No Good" as the priemier single. "When Will I Be Loved" was issued as the second single (in March, 1975) and hit number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of that year, as well number 1 in Cash Box; only the chart dominance of the year's biggest hit: "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille prevented Ronstadt from having consecutive number 1 hit singles on the Hot 100 — a feat she did perform on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart on June 21, 1975, which ranked "When Will I Be Loved" at number 1 ("You're No Good" had been number 1 in both Billboard and Cash Box February 15, 1975). Billboard did afford a number 1 ranking to "When Will I Be Loved" on its C&W chart, where it was Ronstadt's first of several chart-toppers.

As Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved" descended the charts, its B-side, a remake of Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", garnered enough airplay to chart at number 47 Pop, number 20 Adult Contemporary and number 54 Country.
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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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