The Number Ones: Linda Ronstadt's “You're No Good” - Stereogum

Billboard #1 Hits: #354: ” You’re No Good”- Linda Ronstadt. February 15, 1975. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “You’re No Good”- Linda Ronstadt
  • Record Company-Capitol
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Clint Ballard Jr
  • Time: 3:44
  • B-side” “I Can’t Help It [If I’m Still In Love With You}
  • Album-Heart Like A Wheel
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

It is hard to believe with all the hits Linda Ronstadt had in the 1970s- that this was her only #1. “You’re No Good” was first performed by Dee Dee Warwick back in 1963, then by Betty Everett later in 1963- as a single it peaked at #51. The Swinging Jeans had a #3 hit in the UK in 1964 with the song. In 1973 Linda Ronstadt began performing it as her closing number in concerts after band member Kenny Edwards suggested it. Her producer Peter Asher – of Peter and Gordon fame- and brother of Beatle Paul’s ex girlfriend Jane Asher- recorded it late in the recordings of the album that would be Heart Like A Wheel- at Linda’s suggestion. The record company was torn between releasing “You’re No Good” or “When Will I Be Loved” as the lead singer off of the album-finally deciding on “You’re No Good” a week after the album’s release. “You’re No Good” would start a Ronstadt trend over the rest of the decade of releasing singles that were covers of classic rock and roll stars.

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #354: “YOU’RE NO GOOD”- LINDA RONSTADT – FEBRUARY 15, 1975

    • There is a documentary on her fairly recent- which is pretty good. Seems like she is universally loved by everyone as a person.

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