Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Linda Ronstadt 1970 Hit “Long Long Time” Goes Top 5 at iTunes as HBO’s “Last Of Us” Gives Song Unexpected Renaissance


Guess what’s number 5 on iTunes today? Why it’s Linda Ronstadt’s 1970 hit, “Long Long Time.”

The song — written by Gary White — was featured on Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s “The Last of Us.” And now, like Kate Bush and Lady Gaga recently — Linda is back on the charts.

Indeed, Linda’s Greatest Hits is up to number 25. Before last night, neither of these records was on anyone’s radar.

“Long Long Time” was not a big hit in 1970. It sort of came back when it was included on Linda’s first greatest hits collection after “You’re No Good” launched a string of top 10 hits beginning in 1973. “Long Long Time,” “Silver Threads and Golden Needles,” and “Different Drummer” all caught up with Linda’s Peter Asher-produced smashes like “Heat Wave” and “Blue Bayou.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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