|Studio album by Linda Ronstadt|
|Recorded||May 23-July 22, 1977,
The Sound Factory
(Los Angeles, California)
|Genre||Rock, classic rock, country rock|
|Linda Ronstadt chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Simple Dreams is the eighth studio album by the American rock artist Linda Ronstadt, released in September 1977 via Asylum Records. One of the most successful albums of Ronstadt's career, Simple Dreams spent five successive weeks at #1 on the Billboard album chart in late 1977, displacing Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at #1 after 29 record-breaking weeks in the pole position. It also knocked Elvis Presley out of #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart after 'The King' held the gridlock for fifteen consecutive weeks following his death in August. It won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package (in addition to several other high profile Grammy nominations).
Simple Dreams was Ronstadt's fifth consecutive million-selling Platinum album and sold over 3½ million copies in less than a year in the United States alone—a record for a female artist.
Originally, the cover photograph had Ronstadt dressed in a mini-slip seated in front of multiple mirrors. Uncomfortable with the physical exposure, Linda changed into a robe, and the picture was made artificially grainy. A re-touched outtake photo from the original photo sessions was later included on the inner sleeve for her Platinum-plus Greatest Hits, Volume 2 album in 1980. At the 20th Grammy Awards, John Kosh won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for Simple Dreams.
This album has never been out of print.
The album was originally released by Asylum in the LP format in September, 1977 (catalogue number 104 or 6E-104). Later, in 1986, Asylum released the album in the Cassette format (TCS-104) and in the CD format (2-104).
The album was such a success that Ronstadt became the first female artist—and the first act overall since The Beatles—to have two singles in the top five at the same time: the Platinum-certified "Blue Bayou" (#2 Pop, #3 Adult Contemporary, and #2 Country) and "It's So Easy" (#5 Pop).
"Blue Bayou" was nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy award in early 1978. It also earned Ronstadt a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female, alongside Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon and Debby Boone.
"It's So Easy" was originally recorded by Buddy Holly and The Crickets in 1958 but had failed to chart in its original version. It was Ronstadt's second cover of a Holly song to become a hit in as many years; she had taken a rousing cover of "That'll Be the Day" to #11 Pop in 1976, using a similar arrangement.
The album includes songs by Warren Zevon, Eric Kaz and J.D. Souther, as well as The Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice". Ronstadt was joined by Parton on the traditional ballad "I Never Will Marry", which became a Top 10 Country hit during the summer of 1978. (Ronstadt, Parton and Emmylou Harris were also working on an ill-fated collaborative project around this same time, but nine years would pass before the release of their first Trio album.
- "It's So Easy" (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 2:27
- "Carmelita" (Warren Zevon) – 3:07
- "Simple Man, Simple Dream" (J.D. Souther) – 3:12
- "Sorrow Lives Here" (Eric Kaz) – 2:57
- "I Never Will Marry" (Traditional) – 3:12
- "Blue Bayou" (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson) – 3:57
- "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Warren Zevon) – 3:42
- "Maybe I'm Right" (Waddy Wachtel) – 3:05
- "Tumbling Dice" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:05
- "Old Paint" (Traditional) – 3:05
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Linda Ronstadt - acoustic guitar, lead vocals and arrangements
- Waddy Wachtel - guitar
- Ed Black - guitar, steel guitar
- David Campbell - string arrangements
- Kenny Edwards - guitar, bass
- Rick Marotta - drums
- Danny Kortchmar, Richard Bowden, Pete Wade, Al Viola - guitar
- David Lindley - fiddle
- Jim Fadden - harmonica
- Jim Gordon, Nino Tempo - saxophone
- Mac Johnson, Darrel Leonard - trumpet
- Spooner Oldham - piano
- John Boylen - electric piano
- Kenny Anderson, Mike Bowden - bass
- Micky McGee, Dennis St. John, Andrew Gold, David Kemper - drums
- Andrew Gold, John David Souther, Chris Ethridge, Waddy Wachtel, Bernie Leadon, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Russ Kunkel, Clydie King, Herb Pedersen - background vocals
- Dolly Parton - harmony vocals on "I Never Will Marry"
- Don Henley - co-lead and background vocals on "Blue Bayou"
- Don Grolnick - piano
- Mike Auldridge - dobro on "I Never Will Marry"
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