1979 not music’s greatest year
Reading over the songs I’ve covered in 70s music so far I became aware of how many of them are from the first half of the decade. It got me thinking, surely there are some decent songs from the late 70s?
A quick Google, however, and I’m reminded how bad some of the music was. Check out these songs from 1979 – who can forget the likes of:
- Y.M.C.A., Village People
- Sad Eyes, Robert John
- When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman and Sharing the Night Together, Dr Hook
- Tragedy, Bee Gees
- You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
- Just When I Needed You Most, Randy Vanwarmer
- Somewhere In the Night, Barry Manilow
Of course 1979 did have its highlights, such as Dire Straits’ Sultan of Swing and Ricki Lee Jones’ Chuck E’s in Love. And then there is – one of my favourite all time songs – Lotta Love by Nicolette Larson.
Nicolette made her name as a backing singer for artists like Hoyt Axton and Emmylou Harris. While working with Emmylou, Nicolette stuck up a friendship with Emmylou’s friend Linda Ronstadt. One day Linda’s next door neighbour came over and asked Linda if she knew of a decent backing singer an album he was putting together. Linda recommended Nicolette. The neighbour was Neil Young.
Through her work with Neil, Nicolette was discovered and signed as an artist in her own right. Eight solo albums followed, the best being her debut Nicolette which contained the wonderful Lotta Love.
Rolling Stone Magazine named her Female Vocalist of the year in 1978.
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Nicolette died in December 1997 as a result of complications arising from cerebral edema. Friends are reported as saying that her fatal seizure was related to her chronic use of Valium and Tylenol.
She was married to the legendary drummer, Russ Kunkel.
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- Lotta Love was written by Neil Young.
- Lotta Love peaked at #8 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 in February 1979.
- Lotta Love reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart and was ranked at #10 on the list of Best Adult Contemporary hits of 1979.
- Nicolette first heard the song when driving with Neil Young. She put a cassette into his car’s player. It was a demo of Lotta Love. Neil told her, “that song’s yours if you want it.”
- Neil’s version of Lotta Love appears on his Comes a Time album.
- Coincidentally, the albums Nicolette and Comes a Time were released on the same day.
- A 12 inch disco version single of Nicolette’s Lotta Love was released. As you’d expect, it plummeted into obscurity.
- Nicolette performed Lotta Love at the renowned No Nukes concerts held at Madison Square Garden in September 1979. Her version, with The Doobie Brothers backing, was included on the No Nukes album but not in the film.
- In February 1998 a Nicolette Larson tribute concert raised over $165,000 for the UCLA Children’s Hospital. The show was called The Lotta Love Concert and opened with Carole King, Bonnie Rait, Rosemary Butler, and Valerie Carter singing Lotta Love.
- Lotta Love lyrics.