“Don’t Know Much” is a song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow. The original version was recorded by Barry Mann in 1980 and made famous when covered as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville in 1989.
The song had a rich history prior to its success in 1989. It first appeared on Barry Mann’s self-titled 1980 album, released on Casablanca records. Bill Medley and Bette Midler (under the title “All I Need to Know”) then had minor chart success with it in 1981 and 1983, respectively.
In 1985, Audrey Landers recorded the song as “All I Need to Know” for her second album for the German market, Paradise Generation, by Glenn Jones on his 1987 self-titled album for Jive Records, and gospel singer Cynthia Clawson also has a version under this title on her 1990 album Words Will Never Do.
In 2000 Barry Mann re-recorded the song with Brenda Russell on his album Soul and Inspiration released on Atlantic records.