March 1975: Linda Ronstadt Releases "When Will I Be Loved"

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Linda Ronstadt's fifth album, Heart Like a Wheel, would prove to be the charm. Released in November 1974, it would be the singer's first to hit #1 on the Billboard album charts. It would claim the top spot, fittingly, on Valentine's Day 1975.

The first single from Heart Like a Wheel, the singer's version of Dee Dee Warwick's "You're No Good," would hit #1 on the Hot 100. For the album's second single, they turned to the tune that was in the running to be the first: Ronstadt's take on "When Will I Be Loved."  Originally written and performed by the Everly Brothers, the song would prove to be another hit for Ronstadt.

Where "You're No Good" would be a #1 hit, "When Will I Be Loved"--released on March 25, 1975--would just miss the top spot, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 for the week of June 21, 1975. The song that kept Ronstadt from the top spot: Captain and Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together." The tune would, however, deliver her first #1 on the country music charts.

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