Sunday, February 18, 2024

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians ~ Nicolette Larson


Nicolette Larson was born on July 17, 1952, in Helena, Montana. She was an American singer best known for her work in the late 1970s with Neil Young and her 1978 hit single of Young's "Lotta Love", which hit No. 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 8 on the pop singles chart. It was followed by four more adult contemporary hits, two of which were also minor pop hits.

She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and spent time in San Francisco and Vancouver, Canada, before settling down in Los Angeles when she was 21. Larson was working at the coatcheck counter of a nightclub when the opening act canceled, and she was convinced to do an impromptu duet performance with the club's soundman. Not long after, Hoyt Axton gave her a job as a back-up singer. She later joined the Commander Cody band and went on to liaisons with Ronstadt and Young. She soon appeared with Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and became a top backup singer for such solo artists as Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Michael McDonald.

By 1985, she shifted her focus to country music, charting six times on the US country singles chart. Her only top-40 country hit was "That's How You Know When Love's Right", a duet with Steve Wariner. She died on December 16, 1997, of cerebral edema and liver failure.

Larson lived in Los Angeles with her husband, drummer Russell Kunkel, and 7-year-old daughter, Elsie May.

LARSON, Nicolette (Nicolette Leigh Larson) [7/17/1952, Helena, Montana, U.S.A. – 12/16/1997, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (cerebral edema, liver failure)] – singer, songwriter, married to composer, actor Russ Kunkel (Russell Kunkel) [1948-    ], mother of actress Elsie May Larson Kunkel [1990-    ].

They Call Me Renegade – 1987 [sings: “Let Me Be the One”]

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