Long Long Time – Linda Ronstadt | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#25) & Adult Contemporary (#20); 1970

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

After several attempts to repeat the success of Different Drum, the Stone Poneys disbanded and lead singer Linda Ronstadt embarked on a solo career. Remaining with Capitol Records, she released Home Sown…Home Grown in 1969.

Although her cover of the Springfields’ Silver Threads And Golden Needles grabbed some airplay, neither it nor the album charted. To produce her sophomore effort, Linda took the recommendation of Janis Joplin and hired Elliot Mazer, who’d worked with Janis on Cheap Thrills.

With Mazer at the helm, Linda lent her pipes to the music she’d loved as a child in Arizona: country. She was especially fond of Long Long Time, an opinion not shared by those around her.

The Nashville session players sided with Linda and dragged themselves into the studio early one Saturday to record it. Not only was Long Long Time Linda’s first solo charter, it earned her a Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Grammy nomination.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Gary White

Lyrics Written by:

  • Elliot Mazer