“Back In The U.S.A.” is a song written by Chuck Berry that was released in 1959 and was a top 40 hit. A cover version in 1978 by Linda Ronstadt was also a hit.

Ronstadt had heard the Berry original while being driven around Los Angeles by Eagles member Glenn Frey who had once been in her band, the track being on a home-made cassette Frey had playing in his tape deck. Ronstadt recalls that she’d been reminding Frey “how we used to sit around the Troubadour bar and go: ‘Oh it’s so horrible and I can’t get a record deal.’ We were so broke and so miserable and we’d feel so sorry for ourselves and we were so precious about it. Then all of a sudden I looked at him and I went: ‘Boy, life’s really tough. We’re going off to ski [at Aspen] with all this money in our pockets, we’re going to have a good time, and we’ve got great music on the tape player.’ Just then “Back in the U.S.A.” came on and I went: ‘Boy that would be a great song to sing. I think I’ll do that one.’

Album

Video

Musicians

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDan Dugmore
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoDon Grolnick
Background VocalsPeter Asher
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
VocalsLinda Ronstadt

Produced By

Peter Asher

Songwriters

Chuck Berry

Charts

US:#16
UK:#64