For Sentimental Reasons (Linda Ronstadt album)

For Sentimental Reasons is an album by American singer, songwriter and producer Linda Ronstadt, released in late 1986. The album peaked at #46 on Billboard 200, as well as #3 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.

It was the third consecutive Platinum-certified collaboration between Ronstadt and bandleader/arranger Nelson Riddle and Ronstadt's eleventh million-selling album overall.

For Sentimental Reasons
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ReleasedOctober 1986
Recorded1985 – 1986
ProducerPeter Asher
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For Sentimental Reasons
Singles from For Sentimental Reasons
  1. "When You Wish Upon a Star"
    Released: October 1986
  2. "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
    Released: April 1987


For Sentimental Reasons was the final installment of the jazz trilogy that Ronstadt recorded with bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle, who died during the making of this disc. Three of the tracks were conducted by Terry Woodson. The album's premier single release, "When You Wish Upon a Star", peaked at #32 in Billboard Magazine at the end of 1986. It was assisted by a popular music video. John Kosh designed the album covers for the trilogy of albums Ronstadt recorded with Nelson Riddle.

All tracks also included in the compilation "'Round Midnight", released on Asylum Records later in 1986.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[2]

In his Allmusic review, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the album "virtually indistinguishable from its two predecessors—it has the same sweeping arrangements, and her voice remains adequate, if not spectacular."[1]

Track listing

1."When You Wish Upon a Star"Leigh Harline, Ned Washington3:46
2."Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers4:24
3."You Go to My Head"J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie3:36
4."But Not for Me"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin5:24
5."My Funny Valentine"Hart, Rodgers3:00
6."I Get Along Without You Very Well"Hoagy Carmichael, Jane Brown Thompson4:15
7."Am I Blue?"Harry Akst, Grant Clarke2:54
8."(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"William Best, Deek Watson3:42
9."Straighten Up and Fly Right"Nat King Cole, Irving Mills2:15
10."Little Girl Blue"Hart, Rodgers4:35
11."'Round Midnight"Thelonious Monk, Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams4:19


  • Linda Ronstadt – vocals
  • Louie Bellson – drums
  • Ray Brown – bass
  • Dennis Budimir – guitar
  • Don Grolnick – piano
  • John Guerin – drums
  • Bob Magnusson – bass
  • Bob Mann – guitar
  • Plas Johnson – saxophone
  • Bud Shank – saxophone
  • Chauncey Welsch – trombone
  • Warren Luening – trumpet
  • Mic Bell – background vocals
  • Drake Frye – background vocals
  • Clifford Holland – background vocals
  • Carl Jones – background vocals
  • James Taylor – background vocals
  • Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra – orchestra

Production notes:

  • Peter Asher – producer
  • Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor
  • Terry Woodson – conductor
  • George Massenburg – engineer, mixing
  • Sharon Rice – assistant engineer
  • Edd Kolakowski - Piano and guitar technician; production assistant
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Genny Schorr- Wardrobe Stylist


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "For Sentimental Reasons - Linda Ronstadt". Allmusic. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
For Sentimental Reasons

For Sentimental Reasons may refer to:

Songs"For Sentimental Reasons" (1936 song), a song popularized in the 1930s by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra

"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons", a popular song written by William "Pat" Best, first performed in 1945 by the Brown Dots, and covered by many artistsAlbumsFor Sentimental Reasons (Ella Fitzgerald album), 1955

For Sentimental Reasons (Linda Ronstadt album), 1986

For Sentimental Reasons (Nat King Cole album), 1997

For Sentimental Reasons, a 2007 album by Bobby HutchersonPerformersFor Sentimental Reasons (band), an American nostalgia band

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