In the late 60s Linda Ronstadt toured across America with the country-rock band Swampwater backing her, getting some national exposure along the way through performing on The Johnny Cash Show. When it came to recorded her second album, she went to Nashville to work with producer Elliot Mazer. Silk Purse came out in 1970, and presented her fusion of country, rock and pop in a stronger, more confident and finely honed form than her debut had offered. Again, it consisted entirely of cover songs, including numbers by Mickey Newbury, Gene Clark, Paul Siebel and Gary White (who also appeared as a harmony vocalist). One surprise inclusion was a version of the Goffin and King pop classic "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?", which was a hit for girl group The Shirelles back in 1960.
The album produced her first hit single. Her cover of White's ballad "Long, Long Time" got to #25. This success turned out to be a hint of great things to come for the young singer's solo career.
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