It Doesn’t Matter Anymore – Linda Ronstadt

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on July 6th of 1974 Linda Ronstadt records her cover of the Buddy Holly song “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” for her upcoming LP “Heart Like a Wheel”. Written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The song reached #13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1959, shortly after Holly was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with “Raining in My Heart”. “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” was Holly’s last US Top 20 hit and featured the orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it became the country’s first posthumous #1 hit. The song was recorded in mid-October 1958 in New York City. Paul Anka wrote it specifically for Holly. Like Holly, Anka was one of the few young singers who was writing his own songs. In the late ’50s, Anka was still a teenager and extremely prolific. He was also very business savvy, with his own publishing company, so having an artist of Holly’s stature could pay off nicely. He donated his royalties from the song to Holly’s wife. “Heart Like a Wheel” was the fifth solo studio album by Linda Ronstadt, released in November 1974. It received a Grammy Award and is regarded by some as Ronstadt’s breakthrough album. It was also Ronstadt’s last album released by Capitol Records. The album spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart in early 1975. The follow-up single release, a version of The Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved,” spent two weeks at #2 on the Hot 100 in June 1975 and reached number 1 on the Cash Box Pop singles chart and on the Hot Country Songs chart. Buddy Holly & the Crickets song, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”, also appeared on the Pop, Adult Contemporary and Country charts. An Allmusic writer described it as “a landmark of ’70s mainstream pop/rock.”