Aaron Neville / Linda Ronstadt

Don't Know Much

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Written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Tom Snow, "Don't Know Much" first appeared on Mann's 1980 Casablanca album Barry Mann. Bill Medley's cover version issued as a Liberty single charted number 88 pop and number 29 adult contemporary in the spring of 1981. Bette Midler's take on the tune issued as the Atlantic single "All I Need to Know" made it to number 77 pop and number 39 adult contemporary in the fall of 1983. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville first met at the 1984 World's Fair where she was appearing with Nelson Riddle and he with the Neville Brothers. Finding that their voices blended together exceptionally well and that they were fans of each others' talents, they promised to work together in the future.

Producer Steve Tyrell brought the duo a demo of "Don't Know Much," which they immediately liked. Produced by Peter Asher and issued as an Elektra single under the moniker Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much" went gold, going to number two pop for two weeks and number one adult contemporary for five weeks in the fall of 1989. It won a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance by a Pop Group or Duo and was nominated for Song of the Year. Ronstadt's album Cry Like a Rainstorm -- Howl Like the Wind went platinum, peaking at number seven pop, and included another Ronstadt/Neville duet, "All My Life," which went to number 11 pop and topped the adult contemporary charts. Ronstadt also had a million-selling number two duet hit with James Ingram on "Somewhere Out There," a track from the movie soundtrack for An American Tail. Mann redid "Don't Know Much" for his Soul & Inspiration album issued by Atlantic on January 18, 2000.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cry Like a Rainstorm - Howl Like the Wind 1989 Asylum 3:35
The Glory of Love: A 1990 Super Popgala, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Polydor
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Heart Rock, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Alex 3:33
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Sandstone Music
Now: 1989 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI
Together: 20 Classic Soul Duets 1995
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:34
Night Moves, Vol. 6 1995
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:33
Nachtwacht 1995
Various Artists
Warner Music
It Takes Two [Columbia] 1996
Various Artists
Columbia/Global/Sony TV
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Alex 3:32
The Greatest Love Songs [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:32
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Best of Love [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
The Linda Ronstadt Box Set 1999 Elektra 3:35
The Power of Love [BMG UK Boxset] 1999
Various Artists
BMG 3:34
The Very Best of Aaron Neville 2000 A&M / Interscope 3:33
All Time Greatest Love Songs, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:34
New Millennium Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:32
Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul: Inspirational Duets About Love 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
Ultimate Collection 2001 Hip-O 3:34
Ultimate Power of Love 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
Duets of the Millennium 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:32
The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt 2002 Rhino 3:34
What the World Needs Now Is...: The Ultimate Love Collection 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:34
Together: 38 All Time Classic Duets & Collaborations 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 3:33
Songbirds [WEA International] 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:34
Easy Like Sunday Morning [Sony] 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:35
Ultimate Love [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
Tonight I Celebrate My Love 2004
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:34
Smooth Summer Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:33
All Woman: Platinum Collection 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:31
Ultimate 16: Power of Rock 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:33
Rhino Hi-Five: Valentine's Day Songs 2 2006
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 3:35
Ultimate 16: Lite FM 80s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:35
Tonight I Celebrate My Love [Hallmark #2] 2006
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:34
It Takes Two: Classic Duets 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:35
100 Hits: Love 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:34
I Love You Mum 2008
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Gold 2008 Hip-O 3:35
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Hip-O / Universal 3:34
The Power of Love [Rhino] 2008
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Collector's Edition 2009 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:35
Loving You: 60 Beautiful Love Songs to Show How Much You Care 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
Romantically Yours: Sweet Love 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:36
Duets 2014 Rhino 3:35
No Image 2014 Starbucks
Just Can't Get Enough: Love Songs of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
Romantically Yours
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:36
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:33
Terry Wogan: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
The  80's Studio Album Collection Elektra / Rhino 3:35
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