Long, Long Time

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"Long, Long Time"
Long, Long Time - Linda Ronstadt.jpg
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Silk Purse
B-side"Nobody's"
ReleasedJune 1970
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
GenreFolk rock[1]
Length2:59 (single edit)
4:18 (album version)
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Gary White[1]
Producer(s)Elliot Mazer[1]
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
(1970)
"Long, Long Time"
(1970)
"(She's A) Very Lovely Woman"
(1971)

"Long, Long Time" is a song written by Gary White.[1] The song was a hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1970.

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

In 1970, Linda Ronstadt released the song as a single and on the album Silk Purse.[1] The single spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 25,[2] while reaching No. 15 on Canada's "RPM 100",[3] No. 8 on Canada's CHUM 30 chart,[4] and No. 20 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[5][6]

In 1971, Linda Ronstadt was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance for her rendition of "Long, Long Time".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
Canada - RPM 100 15
Canada - CHUM 30 8
US Billboard Hot 100 25
US Billboard - Easy Listening 20
US Cash Box Top 100[8] 26

Other versions[edit]

In 1976, Larry Santos released a cover of the song, which reached No. 38 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart[9][10] and No. 109 on Billboard's "Bubbling Under the Hot 100".[11]

In 1997, Mindy McCready recorded a version for her second album, If I Don't Stay the Night.

In 1998, Canadian singer/songwriter Alannah Myles covered the song for her compilation album The Very Best Of Alannah Myles.[12]

In popular culture[edit]

The song appeared in a 1975 episode of The Rockford Files, season 1, episode 23, "Roundabout". As Rockford is looking for a lounge singer, Nancy Wade, he finds her at the piano singing "Long, Long Time" as part of her musical set. The Nancy Wade character was played by actress Jesse Welles. The episode aired on March 7, 1975. The song appears in the 2018 movie Hot Summer Nights.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Pollock, Bruce (2014). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era, Routledge. p. 222. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Hot 100 - Linda Ronstadt Long Long Time Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "R.P.M. 100", RPM Weekly, Volume 14, No. 10, October 24, 1970. Accessed May 30, 2016
  4. ^ "Chart No. 719 – Saturday, October 31, 1970". CHUM. Archived from the original on January 1, 2009. Retrieved 2016-05-31. CHUM 30, Official Issue No. 119.
  5. ^ Adult Contemporary Linda Ronstadt Long Long Time Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Easy Listening", Billboard, October 3, 1970. p. 45. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Grammy Awards Final Nominations", Billboard, February 6, 1971. p. 12. Accessed May 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100, Cash Box, October 17, 1970. Accessed July 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Adult Contemporary - Larry Santos Long Long Time Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 50 Easy Listening", Billboard, December 11, 1976. p. 37. Accessed May 31, 2016.
  11. ^ "Bubbling Under the Hot 100", Billboard, December 11, 1976. p. 24. Accessed May 31, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Very Best of Alannah Myles – Alannah Myles". AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2018.