1977 Linda Ronstadt – Simple Dreams

Simple Dreams is the eighth studio album by the American rock singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt, released by Asylum Records. One of the most successful albums of Ronstadt’s career, Simple Dreams spent five successive weeks at number 1 on the Billboard album chart in late 1977, displacing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours after it had held that position for a record-breaking 29 weeks. It also knocked Elvis Presley out of the number 1 position on the Billboard Country Albums chart after “The King” had held it for fifteen consecutive weeks following his death in August. It won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package and was nominated for several other Grammy awards.

Simple Dreams was Ronstadt’s fifth consecutive million-selling platinum album and sold over 3½ million copies in less than a year in the United States alone—a record for a female artist. Among female recording artists at that time, only Carole King, with her album Tapestry, had sold more copies of one album.

Originally, the cover photograph was to show Ronstadt dressed in a mini-slip and seated in front of multiple mirrors. Uncomfortable with the physical exposure, she changed into a robe, and the picture was made artificially grainy. A retouched photo from the original photo sessions was included on the inner sleeve of her platinum-plus album Greatest Hits, Volume 2, released in 1980. At the 20th Grammy Awards, John Kosh won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for Simple Dreams.

Tracks

It’s So Easy (Buddy Holly; Norman Petty) 2:29
2  Carmelita (Warren Zevon) 3:07 
3  Simple Man, Simple Dream (John David Souther) 3:13
4  Sorrow Lives Here (Eric Kaz) 2:57
5  I Never Will Marry (Traditional) 3:15
Blue Bayou (Joe Melson; Roy Orbison) 4:00
Poor Poor Pitiful Me (Warren Zevon) 3:44
8  Maybe I’m Right (Waddy Wachtel) 3:07
9  Tumbling Dice (Mick Jagger; Keith Richards) 3:10
10  Old Paint (Traditional) 3:04

Musicians

1 It’s So Easy

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDan Dugmore
ClavinetDon Grolnick
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsPeter Asher
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


2 Carmelita

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDan Dugmore
Acoustic GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganDon Grolnick
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


3 Simple Man, Simple Dream

BassKenny Edwards
Double BassRichard Feves
DrumsRick Marotta
PianoDon Grolnick
CelloDennis Karmazyn
ViolaDavid Campbell
ViolinCharles Veal
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


4 Sorrow Lives Here

PianoDon Grolnick
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


5 I Never Will Marry

Acoustic GuitarLinda Ronstadt
Acoustic GuitarWaddy Wachtel
DobroMike Auldridge
Background VocalsDolly Parton
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


6 Blue Bayou

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
Steel GuitarDan Dugmore
Acoustic GuitarWaddy Wachtel
MandolinKenny Edwards
PianoDon Grolnick
MarimbaSteve Forman
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


7 Poor Poor Pitiful Me

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarDan Dugmore
ClavinetDon Grolnick
PercussionPeter Asher
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsLarry Hagler
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


8 Maybe I’m Right

BassKenny Edwards
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Acoustic GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
Background VocalsPeter Asher
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


9 Tumbling Dice

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
Guitar (solo)Waddy Wachtel
GuitarDan Dugmore
Slide GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoDon Grolnick
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


10 Old Paint

Acoustic GuitarLinda Ronstadt
DobroMike Auldridge
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsPeter Asher
VocalsLinda Ronstadt

Liner Notes

Producer – Peter Asher
Arranged By – Linda Ronstadt (Track 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Campbell (Track 3)
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By – Val Garay
Mixed By (Assistant) – Mark Howlett
Recorded By – Val Garay
Recorded By (Assistant) – Mark Howlett

Design, Art Direction – John Kosh
Photography By – Jim Shea

Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
Recorded At – The Sound Factory
Mixed At – The Sound Factory
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records