30 Years Ago: Nicolette Larson Talks Neil Young
Here's an interview with Nicolette Larson from thirty years ago in 1983 when she was playing a concert in Vancouver.
Nicolette Larson sang on Neil Young's 1977 album, American Stars 'n Bars, with Linda Ronstadt on the tracks "Old Country Waltz", "Saddle Up the Palomino", "Bite the Bullet", "Hold Back the Tears", and "Hey Babe".
From 30 Years Ago: Nicolette Larson talks Neil Young, Eddie Van Halen, and roommate Linda Ronstadt | Georgia Straight by Steve Newton:
How did you come to meet Neil Young?Full interview at 30 Years Ago: Nicolette Larson talks Neil Young, Eddie Van Halen, and roommate Linda Ronstadt | Georgia Straight by Steve Newton.
Nicolette Larson:When he did American Stars 'n Bars his initial concept was to get two unknown singers and do the album with them, but he tried that and it didn't work at all. And then he decided to take the other route and get Emmylou and Linda, but Emmylou wasn't available to do it, so she and Linda recommended me. Neil kind of functions on cosmic operations, you know, and that was cosmic enough for him. If everyone had recommended me then I was supposed to work with him. So Linda and I went up to his ranch and sang backups on that album, and then when he did Comes a Time he called me again to come and sing on it.
Did you release your own version of "Lotta Love" before he did his?
Nicolette Larson:Well, this is what happened. He recorded it first, and I heard it and said "Gee that's great. How come you don't put that song out?". And he goes, "Oh, do you want it? It's yours." That was what he said with every song of his that I admired. It was kind of like, "Don't ask me why I don't put this out. You want to put it out, you put it out." So I recorded it, and got it all ready to put out, then at the very last minute he changed his mind on Comes a Time and put it on that. So we both released it the very same day, actually. I changed it around quite a lot from Neil's version. His is a lot different with all the "la la la la's" at the beginning.
Also, see Neil Young News: Nicolette Larson's "Lotta Love" & Neil Young.