Listen -Linda Ronstadt – (She’s A) Very Lovely Woman – MP3
I’m going to make this short as I’m in the middle of some real world moves that preclude long form composition.
Today’s post is yet another object lesson in the appearance of an artist that you never imagined you’d see on Iron Leg.
If you’ll step into the wayback machine (way back a few weeks) I posted the tune ‘Live’ by the Merry Go Round.
Not too long before that, one of my Facebook friends posted a link to a video of Linda Ronstadt appearing on the old Johnny Cash TV show. The Cash show as legendary for the consistently high quality of its musical guests, not to mention the Man in Black himself.
I’ve always been interested in the early part of Linda Ronstadt’s career including her time in the Stone Poneys and the music she made between leaving that group and having hits on her own.
When I clicked on the link, and the song started playing I was instantly hit with the feeling that I was hearing something familiar in an unfamiliar setting, a feeling that was borne out after about five seconds.
The song in question was a cover (with the gender POV reversed) of the Merry Go Round’s ‘You’re a Very Lovely Woman’. Aside from the Fairport Convention and Bangles covers mentioned in the previous post I had no idea anyone else had ever interpreted Emmit Rhodes’ MGR-era material.
The next – obvious – step was to hit the intertubes so that I might ascertain whether or not Ronstadt’s version of the song had come out on a record.
Indeed it had, as a 1971 45-only release on Capitol records.
I found a copy for the entirely agreeable price of one single US dollar (not including shipping, natch) and made the purchase forthwith.
Good thing too, because even though the single lacks the raw guitar of the live version from the Cash show, it’s still a great interpretation of the song, maintaining the darkness of the original, wrapping it in a slightly fuller arrangement with electric piano and strings.
All in all a nice surprise.
I hope you dig it too, and I’ll be back on Monday with something groovy.