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Lush Life (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Lush Life
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1984
RecordedAugust 24 – October 5, 1984
StudioThe Complex, Los Angeles, California
ProducerPeter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
What's New
Lush Life
For Sentimental Reasons
Singles from Lush Life
  1. "Skylark"
    Released: December 1984
  2. "When I Fall in Love"
    Released: March 1985

Lush Life is an album by American singer Linda Ronstadt, released in November 1984 on Asylum Records as the second in a trilogy of jazz albums with bandleader/arranger Nelson Riddle. All three album covers were designed by John Kosh.

The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Billboard jazz chart, becoming certified as Ronstadt's record tenth platinum album. Lush Life was nominated for two Grammys, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Album Package, winning the latter. Riddle was posthumously awarded the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocal for the title track, "Lush Life."

A music video was created for the song "Skylark," with vintage clothing by wardrobe stylist Genny Schorr.

In 1986, Asylum Records released the compilation Round Midnight, which included all tracks from all three albums with Riddle.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[3]

Track listing[edit]




  • Peter Asher – producer
  • George Massenburg – recording, mixing
  • Murray Dvorkin – recording assistant, mix assistant
  • Doug Sax – mastering at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, California).
  • Gloria Boyce – album coordinator
  • John Kosh – art direction, design
  • Ron Larson – art direction, design
  • Robert Blakeman – photography
  • Genny Schorr – wardrobe stylist


Chart (1984/85) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 31
Canadian RPM Top Albums 35
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 100
United States (Billboard 200) 13


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release history and formats for Lush Life
Region Date Format Label Ref.
North America November 16, 1984
  • LP
  • CD
  • cassette
Asylum Records [6]


  1. ^ Dedrick, Jay (January 1, 1998). "Linda Ronstadt". In Knopper, Steve (ed.). MusicHound Lounge: The Essential Album Guide. Detroit: Visible Ink Press. pp. 409–410.
  2. ^ "Lush Life Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  3. ^ Davis, Francis. "Lush Life". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 258. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Linda Ronstadt – Lush Life". Recording Industry Association of America.
  6. ^ Ronstadt, Linda (November 16, 1984). "Lush Life (Liner Notes)". Asylum Records. 9-60387-1 (LP); 9-60387-4 (Cassette); 9-60387-2 (CD).

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