Don't Know Much

"Don't Know Much" is a song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow. The original version of this song was recorded by Barry Mann in 1980 and was made famous when it was covered as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville in 1989. Their version was a worldwide success, topping the Irish Singles Chart and reaching the top 10 in several territories.

"Don't Know Much"
Linda Ronstadt Don't Know Much
Single by Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville
from the album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
ReleasedSeptember 12, 1989
RecordedMarch–August, 1989, Skywalker Ranch, Marin County
Songwriter(s)Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & Tom Snow
Producer(s)Peter Asher & Steve Tyrell
Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville singles chronology
"When I Fall in Love"
"Don't Know Much"
"All My Life"


The song first appeared on Barry Mann's self-titled 1980 album, released on Casablanca records. Bill Medley and Bette Midler (under the title "All I Need to Know") then had minor chart success with it in 1981 and 1983, respectively.

In 1985, Audrey Landers recorded the song as "All I Need to Know" for her second album for the German market, Paradise Generation. Glenn Jones also included a version of the song on his best-selling 1987 self-titled album for Jive Records, and gospel singer Cynthia Clawson also has a version under this title on her 1990 album Words Will Never Do.

In 2000, Barry Mann re-recorded the song with Brenda Russell on his album Soul and Inspiration released on Atlantic records.

Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville version

The song was covered on Linda Ronstadt's triple-Platinum 1989 album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. It was introduced to Ronstadt and Neville by Steve Tyrell. Co-produced by Tyrell and Peter Asher, it was released as a single in the United States in 1989, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1989, behind Phil Collins' "Another Day in Paradise",[2] and number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The single was Ronstadt's tenth top 10 hit and was certified Gold, eventually selling over 900,000 copies in the United States alone. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song also hit number one in Ireland, number two in Australia, and the top five in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

"Don't Know Much" won Ronstadt and Neville the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and was nominated for Song of the Year.

Music video

In the music video, both Neville and Ronstadt portray a middle-aged couple that are remembering their past and all the difficulties that they seem to have faced together. The song is considered to be a symbolic representation of growing old together and being so unsure and unaware of the future, only knowing that it has been the same love which made it so much clear between them.



Weekly charts

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 4
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 34
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1989) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 23
Chart (1990) Position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 12
Belgium (Ultratop)[16] 70
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[17] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 20


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  4. ^ " – Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville – Don't Know Much" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ " – Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville – Don't Know Much" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
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  7. ^ " – Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville – Don't Know Much". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Don't Know Much". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 2, 1990" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
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  11. ^ " – Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville – Don't Know Much". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Linda Ronstadt Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Year-End Charts '89 – Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 3 March 1990. p. 16.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1990" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15.

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Ronstadt's first disc of the 1980s was the New Wave-styled Mad Love. It debuted at #5 on the Billboard album chart and quickly became her seventh million-selling album in a row. It produced Top 10 singles with "How Do I Make You" and the scorching "Hurt So Bad".

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After releasing two less successful Spanish albums in the early 1990s, Ronstadt returned to something more contemporary with 1993's New Age-styled Winter Light. It was followed by her 1995 return to Country Rock: Feels Like Home. Her Grammy-winning album of children's lullabies was issued in 1996 and had strong sales. Her 1998 release, We Ran, featured more Rock-oriented album material. In 1999, Ronstadt reunited with Harris and Parton for Trio II, which won Ronstadt her eleventh competitive Grammy Award and nineteenth Gold album. That year she also recorded a Southwestern-inspired release with Harris, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions.

Her 2004 release, Hummin' to Myself, was Ronstadt's fourth album of traditional jazz standards . In 2006, she made what turned out to be her final studio album – Adieu False Heart – mixing Cajun music with rock in a collaboration with Ann Savoy. Ronstadt has sold over 30 million records in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

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31 number ones

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