Thursday Inspiration #120 You’re No Good

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word lesson, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘You’re No Good’, or by going with another song by Linda Ronstadt, or anything else that you think fits.  ‘You’re No Good’ charted #1 in the US for Linda Ronstadt when she recorded it on her 1974 fifth solo studio album Heart Like A Wheel.  It was written by American songwriter, singer, and pianist Clint Ballard, Jr. in 1963 and first recorded by Dee Dee Warwick and produced by Lieber and Stoller, but this stalled on the singles chart at #117.

Betty Everett recorded it next, also in 1963, and her version was a bit more soulful (featuring Maurice White, later of Earth, Wind & Fire, on drums), and this reached #51 on the singles chart, and was more successful on R&B charts.  Betty Everett’s next song, ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)’ got to #6 on the singles chart.  The Swinging Blue Jeans, a now pretty much forgotten Merseybeat Liverpool group recorded this at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, doing a gender-reversed version of the song in 1964.  It was quite successful in England and France, peaking at #3 on the British charts and it even hit #97 on the US charts.  It was also recorded by Dusty Springfield and Van Halen.

A decade later, in 1974, Linda Ronstadt recorded her version of ‘You’re No Good’ giving her the biggest success of her career and a new lease of life.  The song opened the Peter Asher-produced album, which featured the cream of Los Angeles-based musicians such as the late Andrew Gold who played the guitar solo in the bridge and also played electric piano, drums and percussion on this song.  It was released as a single, reaching number 1 stateside in early 1975.  The album was her first to reach the top of the Billboard 200, it won a Grammy Award and eventually went double platinum.  This album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2018.

Linda scored a #13 hit with ‘Different Drum’, but she went solo when the Stone Poneys broke up in 1968.  Ronstadt struck out on her own, with only one song ‘Long, Long Time’ landing inside the Top 40.  In addition to her own incredible musical contributions, Ronstadt is also partially responsible for the formation of The Eagles one of the most legendary rock bands of all time.  In 1971, Linda hired Glen Frey and a singing drummer named Don Henley to play in her backup band.  The first three albums she recorded for Capitol failed to impress the public and then she moved to David Geffen’s Asylum Records, whose roster included Laurel Canyon musicians like the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne.  Linda Ronstadt’s fourth solo studio album Don’t Cry Now was co-produced by JD Souther who dated Ronstadt from 1972-1974 and this was released in 1973.  It did much better, reaching #45 on the US chart and it got to #5 on the Country chart.  Although her solo career got off to a slow start, she never looked back after ‘You’re No Good’, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 on Feb. 15, 1975.  Eddie Black also played guitar on this song and background vocals were sung by Clydie King and Shirley Mathews.

Linda Ronstadt is one of the most beloved country and rock and roll stars of all time.  The singer-songwriter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is a 10-time Grammy winner and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris for their Trio collaborations.  Linda gave her final stage performance in November 2009, and a few years later it was revealed that she had Parkinson’s disease.  A re-evaluation of her condition in late 2019 changed her diagnosis to the rare brain disorder, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

Feelin’ better now that we’re through
Feelin’ better, ‘cause I’m over you
I learned my lesson, it left a scar
Now I see how you really are

11 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #120 You’re No Good

  1. It’s somewhat surprising that Linda Ronstadt didn’t really have very much success over here in the UK regarding hit singles. She only had one solo hit with ‘Somewhere Out There’ in 1987 but did have another hit with Aaron Neville in 1989 (‘Don’t Know Much’).

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    1. I think that she should be right up there at the top, but I thought that was such an interesting question that I decided to look it up and I found a list of what is supposed to be the tip ten female rockers of the 70s and she was not on that list. The list was determined by a pole and these are the women that were selected: Suzi Quatro, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett. I think Linda should have been there before Patti Smith and even before Joni Mitchel.

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      1. Joplin was my favorite but she wasn’t around in the seventies much. Chrissie I would say was more in the 80s. Suzi Quatro…although I like her she wasn’t that big over here anyway. Mitchell and Nicks yes…Benatar I would say 80s…that is probably nitpicking it.

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