Linda Ronstadt - California 1974

This is Linda Ronstadt perfoming for 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert' at the Long Beach Auditorium Long Beach, California, USA back in 1974 (for TV broadcast).

In 1973 Don Kirshner began to produce his own syndicated weekly rock program, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.” Unlike “American Bandstand” and other TV rock shows, where performers lip-synched in a studio, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” featured full performances in a live concert setting.  Over the show’s run from 1973 to 1981, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” included legendary acts such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Ramones and many others that were as diverse as Abba to Weather Report.

Linda Ronstadt began her fourth solo album, Don't Cry Now, in 1973, with Boylan (who had negotiated her contract with Asylum Records) and John David "J.D." Souther producing most of the album's tracks. But needing someone willing to work with her as an equal, Ronstadt asked Peter Asher, who came highly recommended to her by James Taylor's sister Kate Taylor, to help her produce two of them: "Sail Away" and "I Believe in You." The album featured Linda's first Country hit, "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", which she had first recorded on Hand Sown ... Home Grown; this time hitting the Country Top 20. With the release of Don't Cry Now, Ronstadt took on her biggest gig to date as the opening act on Neil Young's Time Fades Away tour, playing for larger crowds than ever before. Backstage at a concert in Texas, Chris Hillman introduced her to Emmylou Harris, telling them, "You two could be good friends", which soon occurred, resulting in frequent collaborations over the following years. Meanwhile, the album became Ronstadt's most successful up to this time, selling 300,000 copies by the end of 1974.

Having been a cult favorite on the music scene for several years, 1975 was "remembered in the music biz as the year when 29-year-old Linda Ronstadt belatedly happened." With the release of Heart Like A Wheel, Ronstadt reached No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart (it was also the first of four No. 1 Country Albums for Ronstadt) and the disc was certified Double-Platinum (over 2 million copies sold in the United States).  

Source: TV Broadcast soundtrack.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@230kbps. 

Genre: Rock, rock and roll, folk, country rock.

Set: TV live.

Set List:

1. Intro
2. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
3. When Will I Be Loved
4. Heart Like A Wheel
5. You're No Good
6. You Can Close Your Eyes
7. Silver Threads And Golden Needles

Web: Quality Fan Site HERE.

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Anonymous said…
Thank you very much for this, doing it for a friend who is a big fan.

Thanks for sharing
Anonymous said…
Love it. Thank you. Music is all I've got left.
Unknown said…
Love "Don't Cry Now" and LOVE "Heart Like A Wheel". In fact, I play my vinyl copy all the time and still love the experience of putting the LP on the turntable and enjoying Linda's great music in that way. Linda rocks! And thanks to my Spin-Clean record cleaner, I am keeping all my Linda vinyl nice and squeaky-clean. If there are any other vinyl lovers out there, I highly recommend you check out this site: Well worth the price.