Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson

Today would have been the 58th birthday of Nicolette Larson, who died in December 1997 of complications arising from cerebral edema; she is survived by her husband, drummer Russell Kunkel*, their daughter Elsie-May, and a stepson Nathaniel from his previous marriage**.

Larson's biggest hit was this 1979 cover of Neil Young's Lotta Love, which appeared on her album Nicolette. The track contains an entirely rocking flute solo which, according to Wikipedia, was performed by Plas Johnson; for our money here at the Pop Culture Institute, very little rocks a pop song as entirely as a flute solo - except possibly a cello solo, depending on our mood.

*Who had a cameo as doomed drummer Eric 'Stumpy Joe' Childs in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap.

**To Leah Kunkel, younger sister of Cass Elliot.

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