Sunday, February 05, 2006

Nicolette Larson Tribute

Nicolette Larson: 1952 - 1997

Nicolette Larson is best remembered for her 1979 cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love". (See Nicolette Larson Cover 'Lotta Love' on YouTube).

Sadly, Larson died in 1997 at the age of 45 after suffering a cerebral edema.

Last August, during the Neil Young's Nashville Ryman concerts, "he referred repeatedly to the late singer Nicolette Larson" among the personal losses Young has experienced.

Now, Rhino Records is releasing a Tribute to Nicolette Larson.

The "Lotta Love Concert," a tribute to late vocalist Nicolette Larson was staged Feb. 21-22, 1998, at the Santa Monica, CA Civic Auditorium.

The event featured performances from Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jimmy Buffet, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Little Feat with Bonnie Raitt, a number of whom Larson recorded with in her lifetime.

1. Lotta Love -- Ensemble
2. Part of the Plan -- Dan Fogelberg
3. Rocky Mountain Way -- Joe Walsh
4. Cold, Cold, Cold -- Little Feat & Bonnie Raitt
5. Love Has No Pride -- Bonnie Raitt
6. Wonderful Life -- MIchael Ruff
7. Up On the Roof -- Carole King
8. For A Dancer -- Jackson Browne
9. Running on Empty -- Jackson Browne
10. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues -- Emmylou Harris
11. Blue Bayou -- Linda Ronstadt
12. In My Life -- Crosby, Stills & Nash
13. Southern Cross -- Crosby, Stills & Nash
14. Margaritaville -- Jimmy Buffet
15. You've Got A Friend -- Ensemble

The entire ensemble performed "Lotta Love" as well as a rendition of King's classic "You've Got a Friend," which closes out the set. Proceeds from the disc will benefit the Nicolette Larson Pediatric Endowment Fund at UCLA's Mattel Childrens' Hospital, as did the original shows.

Nicolette Larson’s generous and compassionate spirit is honored in a permanent fund that assures that ill and injured children receive quality medical care at one of the leading pediatric health centers in the United States.

Go to for more details on how to help.

From Cameron Crowe profile in Rolling Stone #280, December 14, 1978:
One evening when Ronstadt got a call from Neil Young, a Malibu neighbor, looking for a female vocal accompanist. Ronstadt mentioned Nicolette to Young, who had already been given Larson's name three times that day. He promptly came over with guitar in hand.

'I didn't know much about Neil Young,' remembers Larson. 'But we went over and sat by the fireplace and Neil ran down all the songs he had just written, about twenty of them. We sang harmonies with him and he was jazzed.'

A week later Young invited Larson and Ronstadt up to his northern California ranch/studio to re-create the same vocal mix for his American Stars and Bars album. 'We [Neil and Crazy Horse] worked out the songs in a room of his house,' says Larson. 'And just when we had the songs down, Neil said, 'Thanks a lot... we've got the album.' He was recording all the rehearsals secretly in another room.'

Larson didn't hear from Young until six months later, when he summoned her to Nashville where he was beginning Comes a Time. Young wanted her to front a twenty-two-piece studio band with him - dubbed the Gone with the Wind Orchestra. 'He told me to sing whatever I wanted,' says Larson. 'You can hear me trying to work the parts out on the album.'"

Also, see Nicolette Larson's "Lotta Love" & Neil Young.


At 2/10/2006 01:27:00 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

thrasher - heads up, i have a cover of Rouse covering "For The Turnstiles" up right now.

At 2/19/2006 10:38:00 PM, Blogger firehills said...

In this CD's liner notes I found;

"Neil Young, urged by Emmylou and her producer-husband, Brian Ahern, ambled down malibu's Broad Beach to play some tunes for Linda and found her harmonizing with Nicolette. So were born the Bullets on American Stars'n Biars. The next year Nicolette backed up Young on Comes A Time"

However according to John Rogan's "NEIL YOUNG:The Definitive Story of his Musical Carrer", Neil asked Linda to find female singer for his new album, "American Stars'n Bars". Linda introduced Nicolette at Neil's ranch (I believe his ranch is in Woodside in northern California). And female vocal group, Linda & Nicolette was called "the Saddle Bags", not "Bullets".

So now I'm confused at following issues.

Issue 1:
Where did Neil meet Nicolette? Malibu or Woodside?

Issue 2:
Which is correct, "Saddle Bags" or "Bullets"?

I think biggest issue is "Why without Neil Young?"

I believe Neil introduced Nicolette to the music scene at that time by his "American Stars'n Bars". Further more he invited Nicolette for backing voclas for some of his following albums. Nicolette's biggest hit "Lotta Love" in her 1st album is by Neil Young. Neil should have been the most important guest in this concert. Liner notes say "Neil Young sent a bouquet of rose as big as the audience. He could only attend in spirit on the group encore of 'Lotta Love'", but there is no Neil's name in "Spacial Thnaks" on this booklet. Of course Neil had some relationship with Nicolette before her marrige. I don't want to suspect Russ Kunkel was jealous on Neil.

If you have an answer, could you please let me know?

At 9/07/2007 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His ranch is in Canada.

At 10/15/2008 05:56:00 PM, Blogger S.F. Frog said...

According to local sources, Neil Young has a home and studio near La Honda, CA, a very small town in the Santa Cruz Mountains about 45 miles south of San Francisco. It's "over the ridge", about 11 miles east of Woodside (where Joan Baez lives, not Neil Young).

At 5/20/2009 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Cameron Crowe of the Rolling Stone, he met Nicolette at Linda Ronstadt's home in Malibu.
Follow this link:

At 5/20/2009 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Nicolette link is:

At 10/31/2021 02:46:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I <3 Nicolette's music video for 'Lotta Love':


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