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After working as a backup vocalist for several country-rock acts and serving as a member of Commander Cody's Lost Planet Airmen for several years during the mid-'70s, vocalist Nicolette Larson launched a solo career in the late '70s. Initially, Larson followed the sound of laid-back Californian country-rock, which resulted in a Top Ten pop hit in 1979 with "Lotta Love." In the years following the success of "Lotta Love," Larson continued to mine the soft rock California sound, eventually leaving it behind for country music in the mid-'80s. During the course of the '80s, she racked up a number of country hits before moving into semi-retirement. Born in Montana, Nicolette Larson and her family eventually settled in Kansas City. Following her high-school graduation, she moved out to San Francisco, where she began working on the Golden Gate Country/Bluegrass Festival. While she was working the festival, she met a number of musicians, who were all impressed by her voice and encouraged her to pursue a professional musical career. Larson followed their advice, joining David Nichtern and the Nocturnes, playing clubs around the Bay Area. Eventually, she came to the attention of Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen, who invited her to sing on their 1975 album, Tales From the Ozone. Following its release, Larson toured with the band, and over the next three years, she sang on two of the group's albums -- Rock 'n' Roll Again and Flying Dreams -- in addition to touring with the band. Around the same time as she began singing with Commander Cody, Larson moved to Los Angeles, where she began singing as a studio musician. Over the next four years, she appeared on numerous albums by country and rock musicians, including records by Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Hoyt Axton, Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Colin Young, John Stewart, the Doobie Brothers, Rodney Crowell, and Graham Nash. In 1978, she signed a record contract with Warner Brothers, releasing her first single, a cover of Young's "Lotta Love," at the end of the year. "Lotta Love" became a huge hit, reaching number eight on the pop charts, helping to send her debut album, Nicolette, into gold status. Though Nicolette and "Lotta Love" were hits right out of the box, she wasn't able to replicate her success, as "Rhumba Girl" stalled at number 47, which also happened to be the peak chart position of her second album, In the Nick of Time. The album did spawn a hit with the Top 40 "Let Me Go, Love," a duet with Michael McDonald, but her third album, Radioland (1980), was largely ignored. Following one other attempt at pop success with 1982's All Dressed Up & No Place to Go and the single "I Only Want to Be With You," Larson retreated from the mainstream and starred in the country musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. Larson received positive reviews for her performance, which led to a record contract with MCA in 1983. On the basis of her performance, the Academy of Country Music named her the Best New Female Vocalist in 1984, even though she had yet to have any country hits. Larson finally released a country album in 1985 with ...Say When, but the record didn't live up to its hype. Though it was critically acclaimed, the album was far from a commercial success, with only one single, "Only Love Will Make It Right," reaching the Top 50, yet the record was strong enough for Cash Box to name Larson the Best New Female Vocalist of the year. Larson finally broke into the country charts in 1986 when "That's How You Know When Love's Right," a duet with Steve Wariner, climbed into the Top Ten and stayed in the charts for five months. "That's How You Know When Love's Right" was drawn from Rose of My Heart, which performed respectably. However, Larson didn't choose to follow the album up with another country record. In 1987, she recorded an album, Shadows of Love, in Italy, and in the next year, she began pursuing an acting career. In 1988, she appeared on Family Reunion, a black gospel television show and the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito comedy Twins, as well as the television series Throb. During the early '90s, she began touring with singers Valerie Carter and Lauren Wood, and the trio went on a USO tour. In 1994, she released a children's album titled Sleep Baby Sleep. Larson died on December 16, 1997. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
Nicolette Larson

    Lullabies

    Lullabies
    2 songs

    Sailing Away

    Sailing Away
    1 song

    Super '70s

    Super '70s
    1 song

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Nicolette Larson

Top Songs by
Nicolette Larson

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Lotta Love
  3.   Starlight, Starbright
  4.   Welcome to the World
  5.   I Only Want to Be With You
  6.   Rhumba Girl
  7.   Irish Lullaby
  8.   Give a Little
  9.   Come Early Mornin'
  10.   Still You Linger On
  11.   Just in the Nick of Time
  12.   Oh Bear
  13.   The Moment I Saw You by Graham Nash
  14.   Rocking My Baby to Sleep
  15.   Talk to Me
  16.   Say You Will
  17.   I Want You So Bad
  18.   Nathan Jones
  19.   Isn't It Always Love
  20.   Daddy
  21.   Dancin' Jones
  22.   Two Trains
  23.   Fool Me Again
  24.   Long Distance Love
  25.   Fool For Love
  26.   Been Gone Too Long
  27.   Straight From the Heart
  28.   How Can We Go On
  29.   Radioland
  30.   Last in Love
  31.   French Waltz
  32.   Angels Rejoiced
  33.   Baby, Don't You Do It
  34.   Mexican Divorce
  35.   Can't Get Away From You
  36.   You Send Me
  37.   Trouble
  38.   Just Say I Love You
  39.   Fallen
  40.   I'll Fly Away (Without You)
  41.   Love, Sweet Love
  42.   Tears, Tears and More Tears
  43.   Breaking Too Many Hearts
  44.   Moon and Me
  45.   When You Come Around
  46.   Back in My Arms
  47.   Rio de Janeiro Blue
  48.   One Bright Star (This Christmas Night)
  49.   Let Me Go, Love
  50.   Rock-A-Bye
  51.   I Bid You Goodnight
  52.   Appalachian Lullaby
  53.   Barefoot Floors
  54.   Ooo-Eee
  55.   This Christmas Day
  56.   Clear Light

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