|"Don't Know Much"|
|Single by Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville|
|from the album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind|
|Released||September 12, 1989|
|Recorded||March-August, 1989, Skywalker Ranch, Marin County|
|Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & Tom Snow|
|Peter Asher & Steve Tyrell|
|Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville singles chronology|
"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.
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.
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", 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.
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.