Take the Linda Ronstadt Challenge


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt made a living interpreting the songs of artists of the two decades who preceded her, as well as those of some of her hip contemporaries. Below is a list of 16 of her top 40 hits and the 13 artists who originally recorded them (three artists are credited with two songs apiece).

The Challenge:

Without Googling (‘cuz that’s no fun) match the Linda Ronstadt hit with the artist who originally performed it.

Answers in the comment section.

The songs:

Heat Wave

Ooh Baby Baby

Different Drum

That’ll Be The Day

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Tumbling Dice

I Can’t Let Go

Blue Bayou

Love is a Rose

Tracks of My Tears

It’s So Easy

Back in the U.S.A.

Just One Look

When Will I Be Loved

Hurt So Bad

You’re No Good

The original artists:

The Everly Brothers

Roy Orbison

Warren Zevon

Martha and the Vandellas

Buddy Holly (2 songs)

Mike Nesmith

Betty Everett

Little Anthony and the Imperials

The Miracles (2 songs)

The Rolling Stones

Chuck Berry

The Hollies (2 songs)

Neil Young

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ed Cyphers
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 10:41:50

    Heat Wave-Martha and the Vandellas

    Ooh Baby Baby-The Miracles

    Different Drum-Mike Nesmith

    That’ll Be The Day-Buddy Holly

    Poor Poor Pitiful Me-Warren Zevon

    Tumbling Dice-The Rolling Stones

    I Can’t Let Go-The Hollies

    Blue Bayou-Roy Orbison

    Love is a Rose-Neil Young

    Tracks of My Tears-The Miracles

    It’s So Easy-Buddy Holly

    Back in the U.S.A.-Chuck Berry

    Just One Look-The Hollies

    When Will I Be Loved-The Everly Brothers

    Hurt So Bad-Little Anthony and the Imperials

    You’re No Good-Betty Everett


  2. donald
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 22:47:47

    Linda, Linda, linda … Where ever tye song comes from it is Linda that sings it to me.


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