Love Is a Rose
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|"Love Is a Rose"|
|Song by Neil Young|
|from the album Decade|
|Released||October 28, 1977|
|Decade track listing|
"Love Is a Rose" is a song written and composed by Neil Young. It first became popular in 1975 when Linda Ronstadt had a country hit with her version. "Love Is a Rose" has also been covered by other artists over the years.
Neil Young version
The melody for "Love Is a Rose" was taken from yet another unreleased song "Dance Dance Dance," which finally saw release on Live at Massey Hall 1971 in 2007. Young's longtime backing band Crazy Horse had recorded "Dance Dance Dance" in 1971 on their album Crazy Horse and The New Seekers released it as a single in 1972.
Linda Ronstadt version
|"Love Is a Rose"|
|Single by Linda Ronstadt|
|from the album Prisoner in Disguise|
|A-side||"Love Is a Rose"|
|Released||August 19, 1975|
|Format||45 RPM record|
|Genre||Rock, country rock|
|Linda Ronstadt singles chronology|
Linda Ronstadt recorded "Love Is a Rose" in a country music arrangement on her platinum-certified 1975 album Prisoner in Disguise. Her rendition peaked at number 5 the US Billboard Country Singles chart. "Love Is a Rose" also debuted on the pop-oriented "Billboard" Hot 100 but its B-side: "Heat Wave", became the track of choice for pop radio stations, becoming a number 5 hit. Ronstadt frequently performed the song at her concerts during the mid- to late-1970s.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||63|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||5|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||100|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||46|
- Lisa Loeb recorded "Love Is a Rose" on her 2008 album, Camp Lisa. Jill Johnson covered the song on her 2009 cover album Music Row II, after having performed the song live in a cappella versions with the band during live concerts.
- Terri Clark recorded a cover of "Love Is a Rose" for her ninth studio album, Classic, which was released November 13, 2012. Clark's version was released as the album's first single in October 2012.