Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Lotta Love

Written and first recorded by Neil Young (1978).
Hit version by Nicolette Larson (US #8/MOR #1/AUS #11/NZ #22 1978).

From the wiki: “‘Lotta Love’ is a Neil Young composition written c. 1976 and performed in-concert before being recorded by Young for his 1978 album Comes a Time. ‘Lotta Love’ served as the lead single for Larson’s Ted Templeman-produced Nicolette album. Due to a delay in release, Comes a Time was released on the same day in September 1978 as was Nicolette. The release of any single off the Nicolette album was held off until November when it was clear Young’s version would not have be released as an A-side (although Young’s ‘Lotta Love’ would be released as the B-side of a non-charting ‘Comes a Time’ single).

“Larson had already been working as a recording artist, first on the 1975 Commander Cody album Tales From the Ozone (Commander Cody was best known for 1972’s ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’); then, eventually with Emmylou Harris which led to Larson meeting Harris’ associate and friend Linda Ronstadt. In the spring of 1977, Larson visited Ronstadt’s Malibu home when neighbor Neil Young dropped by looking for a new female vocalist. Neil and Larson had their first jam session that day and he was thrilled. Together Larson and Ronstadt became ‘The Saddlebags’, credited as such on Young’s album.”

Neil Young, “Lotta Love” live performance Chicago Auditorium, Chicago (1976):

Nicolette Larson, “Lotta Love” (1978):

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