Don't Cry Now

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Don't Cry Now
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Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released September 22, 1973
Genre Rock, country rock
Length 35:26
Label Asylum, Rhino, Flashback
Producer John David Souther, John Boylan, Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Linda Ronstadt
(1971)Linda Ronstadt1971
Don't Cry Now
Heart Like a Wheel
(1974)Heart Like a Wheel1974

Don't Cry Now is the fourth solo studio album by Linda Ronstadt and the first of her studio releases for Asylum Records, following six albums recorded for and released on Capitol Records in 1974.

It was reissued on Rhino's Flashback Records in 2009 and has never been out of print. It has been certified Gold and has sold approximately 800,000 copies in the United States alone.


The tracks on Don't Cry Now were produced individually, some by John Boylan, who produced Ronstadt's preceding eponymous album; some by singer/songwriter J. D. Souther; and, for the first time in what would ultimately be a long and highly successful professional relationship, by British musician Peter Asher, former member of the '60s rock duo Peter & Gordon. Asher was the head of A&R for Apple Records prior to his move to USA.

This album contains three songs composed by Souther (Souther and Linda would become romantically involved and he would write several songs for her) one by Randy Newman, a cover of a Neil Young ballad, one originally from the Flying Burrito Brothers, and a version of the Eagles' "Desperado," which the band had released earlier that year.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[4]

Released in the fall of 1973, Don't Cry Now debuted on the Billboard album chart in late October and peaked at #45, the highest in her career at that point. The album had staying power, spending more than a year on the chart.[5] In addition to "Desperado," Asylum released two other singles. The first, "Love Has No Pride," originally a minor hit for Bonnie Raitt, peaked at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100,[6] yet the song has endured over the years becoming one of Ronstadt's signature songs, included in her 7x platinum Greatest Hits. The other, "Silver Threads And Golden Needles," was the second recording of that song by Ronstadt, a previous version having appeared on her 1969 solo debut, Hand Sown ... Home Grown. A re-make of a 1962 hit by the Springfields, "Silver Threads..." peaked at #67 on the Hot 100[6] and became the first of more than 20 hits to reach the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at #20 in the spring of 1974.[7]

Don't Cry Now became Ronstadt's second Gold-certified album and was followed by the blockbuster success of Heart Like a Wheel.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Can Almost See It" J. D. Souther 3:50
2. "Love Has No Pride" Eric Kaz, Libby Titus 4:10
3. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" Dick Reynolds, Jack Rhodes 2:28
4. "Desperado" Don Henley, Glenn Frey 3:30
5. "Don't Cry Now" J. D. Souther 4:28
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sail Away" Randy Newman 3:05
2. "Colorado" Rick Roberts 4:18
3. "The Fast One" (featuring Glenn Frey on harmony vocals) J. D. Souther 3:40
4. "Everybody Loves a Winner" Bill Williams, Booker T. Jones, William Bell 3:15
5. "I Believe in You" Neil Young 2:50



  • John David Souther – producer, remixing
  • John Boylan – producer
  • Peter Asher – producer
  • Peter Granet – engineer
  • John Haeny – engineer
  • Ric Tarantini – engineer
  • Al Schmitt – remixing
  • Shawn R. Britton – mastering
  • Jimmie Haskell – string arrangements
  • Jim Ed Norman – horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Edmund Meitner – technical support
  • Tim de Paravicini – technical support
  • Cathy Seeter – cover design
  • Sid Sharp – concert master
  • Glenn Ross – cover design
  • Terry Wright – photography, sleeve photo
  • Ed Caraeff – cover photo, photography


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Linda Ronstadt". 
  3. ^ "Don't Cry Now". 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ "Linda Ronstadt Top Pop Albums". 1946-07-15. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ a b "Linda Ronstadt in den Charts / Linda Ronstadt in the charts". 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Linda Ronstadt Top Country Singles". Retrieved 2012-02-14.