Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind

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Cry Like a Rainstorm,
Howl Like the Wind
Album Cry Like A Rainstorm.jpg
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released October, 1989
Recorded March–August 1989 at
Skywalker Ranch, Marin County
Genre Pop rock, soft rock,
adult contemporary, quiet storm
Length 42:57
Label Elektra Records
WEA International
Producer Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Canciones de Mi Padre
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
Mas Canciones
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars [2]
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]

Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind is a studio album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt, released in October 1989 by Elektra Records. Produced by Peter Asher, the album features several duets with singer Aaron Neville—two of which earned Grammy Awards—and several songs written by Jimmy Webb.

The album sold over three million copies and was certified Triple Platinum in the United States alone. It was also a major success throughout the world. The album is available through Apple Music and iTunes.


Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind is a diverse collection of songs in the rock, R&B, and pop genres. In addition, the album contains a few ballads, most notably Jimmy Webb's "Adios". Of the twelve tracks, Ronstadt elected to include four duets with Aaron Neville, of Neville Brothers fame. In addition, the album is noted for its big production values including backing musicians The Skywalker Symphony, Tower of Power horns, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. There are also tracks by songwriters Jimmy Webb, Karla Bonoff, and an appearance of Brian Wilson, as back up singer and musical arranger on Ronstandt's fourteenth Top 10 Adult Contemporary single "Adios". The album's arrangers include Marty Paich, David Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Greg Adams, and Terrance Kelly.


Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind received critical acclaim and put Ronstadt back at top of the charts with the #1 Gold-certified hit single "Don't Know Much", one of the duets with Neville. "Don't Know Much" and "All My Life", another chart-topping duet with Neville, won Grammy Awards in 1990 and 1991 respectively for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The album earned Ronstadt a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female alongside Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan, and Paula Abdul. The album reached #7 on the US Billboard album chart, spending well over a year on the chart, and selling over three million copies in the United States alone (certified triple platinum).

Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind stands as one of Ronstadt's three biggest selling studio albums of all-time in the United States (along with Simple Dreams and What's New). It was also one of her biggest selling albums worldwide, especially in Australia and the United Kingdom, selling over 100,000 copies (certified gold). This album is currently out of print, but is still available online for download and streaming.

When this album broke Billboard magazine's Top 10 in late 1989, Linda became only the second female recording artist in history to notch ten Top 10 albums (following Barbra Streisand).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Still Within the Sound of My Voice" Jimmy Webb 4:32
2. "Cry Like a Rainstorm" Eric Kaz 3:36
3. "All My Life" Karla Bonoff 3:36
4. "I Need You" Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, Martin Belmont 2:52
5. "Don't Know Much" Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow 3:35
6. "Adios" Jimmy Webb 3:36
7. "Trouble Again" Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards 3:19
8. "I Keep it Hid" Jimmy Webb 3:58
9. "So Right, So Wrong" Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, Martin Belmont, J. E. Ceiling, James Eller 3:28
10. "Shattered" Jimmy Webb 2:54
11. "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" Isaac Hayes, David Porter 3:52
12. "Goodbye My Friend" Karla Bonoff 3:44


  • Peter Asher – producer
  • George Massenburg – recording and mixing
  • Frank Wolf – engineer
  • Bob Edwards – assistant engineer
  • Sharon Rice – assistant engineer
  • Mike Ross – assistant engineer
  • Jim Schelter – assistant engineer
  • Ivy Skoff – production coordination
  • John Kosh – art direction, design
  • Robert Blakeman – photography
  • Janet Stark – personal assistant
  • Charles Barber - assistant to Marty Paich



Year Chart Position
1989 UK Albums Chart[5] 43
1989 US Billboard 200 7


Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Don't Know Much" Adult Contemporary 1
Billboard Hot 100 2
1990 "Adios" Adult Contemporary 9
"All My Life" Adult Contemporary 1
Billboard Hot 100 11
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" Adult Contemporary 5
Billboard Hot 100 78