A long-lost duet from Texas singer-songwriter Joe Ely and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist Linda Ronstadt has been unearthed after more than 25 years. “Where Is My Love,” which Ely has been playing live for a number of years, was recorded with Ronstadt in a Los Angeles studio in 1987 but was never released. The song was recently added to iTunes.
Written by R.C. Banks, “Where Is My Love” features Mitch Watkins on guitar, Bill Ginn on keyboards, Jim Keltner on drums and Tony Marisco on bass. According to a statement, Ely and Ronstadt talked about the song during a recent visit and decided it was finally time for it to be made available to the public.
Meanwhile, Ely has also issued his debut novel, Reverb: An Odyssey, a coming-of-age tale that takes place in the West Texas town of Lubbock, where Ely grew up. Set in 1965, the story follows a high-school dropout named Earle. In October, Ely released B4 84, an album he recorded in 1983 using an early Apple II computer, which made him one of the first musicians to record an album on a computer.
Ronstadt, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, has since retired from singing after revealing in 2013 that she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was released last year.