New Yorker Magazine recently featured Linda Ronstadt Has Found Another Voice. This a gentle reminder to our team that Linda Rondstadt was calling. Dishonorable to feature emerging new artists, like Americana star Courtney Marie Andrews (sounds like a young Linda Ronstadt), without returning to the original voice. Many young ones born in the ’90s and early 2000s, reared on autotune-enhanced pop vocalists, seek genuine singers like Pink. Eventually, and with Linda’s incomparable voice consequentially, they return to Linda Ronstadt.

I believe no one could touch Linda in her day. It is challenging to find another song interpreter close to Linda today. Other great female vocalists can belt out a power ballad (Christina, Whitney, Mariah, etc.), but Linda had something special, something the others lack; restraint-see control. She could raise the power level when the melody demanded but quietly convey emotion when bigness was unnecessary. Serving the feeling of the song and telling the story was paramount. She is one of the greats. And in her humility, a natural star.

Linda Ronstadt’s vocal range

According to our database, the vocal range of this artist is:

D#3 – C6 (2.8 octaves)

Song with the LOWEST pitch:
When You Wish Upon a Star (Eb3-F5)
Song with the HIGHEST pitch:
The Dark End of the Street (G4-C6)


There’s somebody waiting alone in the street
For someone to walk up and greet
Here you are all alone in the city
Where’s the love that you took to your side
Lonely faces will stare through your eyes in the night
And they’ll say
Woman sweet woman
Please come home with me
You’re shining and willing and free
But your love is a common occurrence
Not like love that I feel in my heart
Still, you know that may be what I need
Is someone to lay down beside me
And even though it’s not real
Just someone to lay down beside me
You’re the story of my life
Someone to lay down beside me
And even though it’s not real
Just someone to lay down beside me
You’re the story of my life
The morning is breaking
The street lights are off
The sun will soon share all the cost
Of a world that can be sort of heartless
Not like the love that I feel in my heart
Still, you know that may be all you’ll get
Is someone to lay down beside you
And even though it’s not real
Just someone to lay down beside you
You just can’t ask for more
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Karla Bonoff
Someone to Lay Down Beside Me lyrics © Sky Harbor Music

Linda Ronstadt In Atlanta 1977 17 Someone To Lay Down Beside Me

Linda did not write most of the songs she covered. Linda was an extraordinary interpreter who elevated each song she chose. “Someone to lay down beside me” is a great example of Linda’s creative interpretative talent. A skilled interpretive artist embodies the lyric. Listen to “Someone to lay down beside me” with or without eyes closed, and tell me Linda has not lived every word of this song.

Here is the list of songs written and or co-written by Linda Ronstadt:

Title Written by Originally by

Lo siento mi vida Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Edwards, Gilbert Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt
Try Me Again Linda Ronstadt, Andrew Gold Linda Ronstadt
Winter Light Linda Ronstadt, Eric Kaz, Zbigniew Preisner Linda Ronstadt

Paul Langan

Linda Ronstadt In Atlanta 1977 05 Willin’

3 years ago

I stopped to fix a young woman’s bicycle chain, which had come off and jammed, riding up the Chicago Lakefront around that time.40+ years ago now. I was heavily involved in the repair, sitting on the ground with a chain tool, her leaning over the bike watching, when I looked up and … O … M …. G. Imagine how hard it was not to act like a blithering idiot looking straight into Linda Ronstadt’s eyes from about 18″. My God, she was beautiful. I was stunned. She was very sweet and gracious, laughed it off, talked to me like we were friends, asked what it’s like to live on the lakefront, etc. She gave me a phone number to get tickets to her show that night. And so I did. 2nd row. Great show. When she told the story of “this nice cute guy who fixed my bike” and waved to me, I about fainted.The best “brush with greatness” (as Letterman used to say) in my life. What a memory, and happening across this song brings it all back. Thanks, Linda! If you ever need your bike fixed again …


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Long Long Time (Remastered)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

Long Long Time (Remastered) · Linda Ronstadt

The Best Of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years

℗ A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2006 Capitol Records, LLC

Released on: 2006-01-30

Producer: Elliot F. Mazer
Composer Lyricist: Gary White

Midnight Special-Linda Ronstadt’s “Long, Long Time” 1972

August 19th, 1972… The “Pilot” for “The Midnight Special” aired. From the NBC studio in ‘beautiful downtown Burbank’ next to Johnny Carson would tape “The Tonight Show” Linda Ronstadt performed that day…

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