The original Rhumba Girl

Nicolette Larson would have been sixty-six today, and who knows what heights she might have reached? I mean, an almost happy-sounding Neil Young cover? Getting named Best New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music despite not having yet released any country records? And, hey, for a while in the late 1980s, she reportedly was dating “Weird Al” Yankovic. How can you not have a lotta love for someone like that?

Japanese issue of Rhumba Girl by Nicolette Larson

Nicolette Larson wearing something black

Back liner to Nicolette Larson LP All Dressed Up and No Place to Go

Her last pop single, in 1982, was a cover of a Dusty Springfield favorite:

Nicolette died in 1997, her failing liver triggering cerebral edema; it’s said that she was overdoing the combination of Valium and Tylenol PM.


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  2. nightfly »

    18 July 2018 · 3:52 pm

    Sad story. Lovely girl. I am pretty certain, however, that the second picture in the post is not of Ms. Larson, but of Carrie Fisher (may peace be upon them both).

  3. CGHill »

    18 July 2018 · 5:49 pm

    Wouldn’t be the first time I grabbed something mislabeled at the far end without checking it thrice.

    LBD photo in its place. And it occurs to me I’ve never done a Carrie Fisher piece, unless you count this brief mother/daughter memorial.

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