Sunday, June 26, 2022

Nicolette Larson: Inside the Life and Career of 'Lotta Love' Singer | Rolling Stone

"Lotta Love"
Neil Young with Nicolette Larson

1985 Meadowbrook Rochester, Michigan
photo via Jim Munro‎ on Neil Young's Ditch Trilogy | Facebook
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A major article on Nicolette Larson: Inside the Life and Career of 'Lotta Love' Singer | Rolling Stone by Angie Martoccio.

Nicolette Larson is often best remembered for her 1979 cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love" which was a #1 hit and launched her musical career.

Nicolette Larson: 1952 - 1997

Regarding the song "Lotta Love", Nicolette said "I got that song off a tape I found lying on the floor of Neil's car. I popped it in the tape player and commented on what a great song it was. Neil said: 'You want it? It's yours.' "

We found this article to be one of the most insightful ever into the ways and whims of Neil Young's "shakey style".

From  Rolling Stone article:

" “With the possible exception of [Crazy Horse guitarist] Danny Whitten, Nicolette sang better with Neil than anyone,” says Young archivist and photographer Joel Bernstein. “Nicolette and Danny absolutely were the two best singers with Neil who really understood his singing, his soulfulness, and what to get across. When you hear Comes a Time now, many years later, it pulls at your heartstrings as much as it did the first time you heard it.” "

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From Neil Young biography Shakey, Nicolette Larson remembers how Young greeted her that rainy night. “He said, ‘I guess I’m supposed to meet you, ‘cause I called three people lookin’ for a singer and everyone told me your name.’ Neil’s kinda cosmic about things like that.” 

"Young’s half-sister, Astrid, who sang with Larson and remained friends with her for the rest of her life, agrees: “Where she was at in her career and what she was doing was not really what he was looking for. I think he wanted something that was a little bit more home. [They] were on different roads. Even though they parted ways on a personal level, I think they still had a lot of love and respect for each other. Neil valued her so much on the work that she did with his music that was so incredibly pivotal to the sound at the time.” "

Nicolette Larson


Another key singer during this mid-70's period was Linda Ronstadt, who was a close friend of Nicolette Larson.

"Larson moved in with Ronstadt after the breakup, telling Crawdaddy, “One thing that I learned from the whole Neil episode: Good friends are essential. Linda pulled me through so much of that.” Ronstadt tells Rolling Stone she thought the split was for the best: “We go through those things, and they’re a drag. It was hard for her because they sang really well together, but I don’t think it was meant to be. Neil is really sweet, but he’s moody, and I think that was puzzling to Nicolette. He’s a real complicated guy, and he’s got a wonderful heart.” "

Linda Ronstadt & Nicolette Larsen w/ Neil Young
via "American Stars & Bars" sessions 

After Larson's death, an all-star tribute concert was held in February 1998 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, featuring Ronstadt; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Bonnie Raitt; Jackson Browne; Carole King; and others.

""Young’s absence at the tribute was felt by many, including him. “I just couldn’t do it,” he says. “I just didn’t want to go. Because I have my own memories of her, and I just felt like I couldn’t do it at that time. But now I would like to say how great she was, and what a wonderful person she was.”"

“She was absolutely fearless,” Young tells Rolling Stone of Larson. “She told me, ‘I’m the best one. I can follow you anywhere you want to go. No one can follow you better than I can.’ And she could.”

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  1. That image of Neil and Nicolette brought back a flood of memories from that show in Rochester, Michigan. Was a big fan of "Comes A Time" and hoped they would recreate some of the magic onstage since Nicolette was the opening act and they did. The "Rust Never Sleeps" tour was going to be for "Comes A Time" with Dolly Parton as the opening act but that all changed at the very last minute. Nils Lofgren was playing with Springsteen at the huge Silverdome up the road and came by to play on a duo version of "Helpless" that was great. Neil was on guitar and Nils played the accordion in the middle of a huge stage that held an orchestra on a regular basis. That was back when Neil Young would bring a new band through each year and this one went way beyond expectations with Nashville session vets Joe Allen on bass and Hargus "Pig" Robbins on genius piano. Having Rufus and Hargus in the same band was incredible. Sure would like to hear that particular show in the Concert Timeline.

  2. Thanks Jim.
    Some good memories there from back in the day.
    Yep, adding the show to the concert timeline would be a real treat. Wonder if requested yet?
    Maybe plug this into a concert request?!


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