But never, ever pitiful

Linda Ronstadt hasn’t sung so much as a note in public for most of a decade; Parkinson’s disease has taken what can only be described as a terrible toll. But during her four decades as a musical legend, she gave us some of our favorite records and a few thoughts which we will not dwell on here.

Linda Ronstadt holds serve

Linda Ronstadt stands there demurely

Waiting for the Double E

Warren Zevon wasn’t exactly a star when Linda recorded “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” and her cover version, released early in 1978, fell just short of the Top 30 in Billboard. She says she learned it from Jackson Browne, who’d produced Zevon’s own version. The video here is the standard album track, from Simple Dreams, with rather a lot of more or less vintage photos pasted over the audio.

Its chart position notwithstanding, it’s one of her best-remembered songs. At the opposite end of the familiarity spectrum, there’s this seriously weird commercial for the Remington electric razor:

And yes, that was Frank Zappa. This was a radio spot, over which a fan dubbed some startlingly appropriate visuals.


  1. Roger Green »

    15 July 2017 · 7:48 pm

    My wife and Linda share a birthday. Linda’s 71, my wife is… not.

  2. Brett »

    15 July 2017 · 8:55 pm

    I sometimes wonder if there’s a big variance between the ratio of copies bought/copies listened to of Hasten Down the Wind.

  3. CGHill »

    15 July 2017 · 9:19 pm

    I can say only that in one case, the disc and the sleeve show approximately equal wear.

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