Song Of The Day: Linda Ronstadt, “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”

 

Due to medical reasons related to Parkinson’s disease, Linda Ronstadt losing her ability to sing is especially upsetting. She had one of the greatest voices of her era, never losing a step in her nearly 50 year career.  Fortunately, documents such as Live in Hollywood exist to remind listeners about why she deserves her title of one of the greatest country singers of her time. This set, recorded the height of her fame in 1980, captures her and her band running through her hit songs and newer numbers that would go on to be standards for her live set. Nothing is  finer than her performance of her 1978 hit single,  a cover of Warren Zevon’s ”Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” one that quickly became one of her signature numbers.  The entire performance is excellent, and highly recommended, but we’ve always had a soft spot for this number, and this recording certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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