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Name: Nicolette Larson                                                                 
Born: 17 July 1952                                                                     
Died: 16 december 1997                                                                 
Nicolette Larson (July 17, 1952 - December 16, 1997) was an American singer best       
known for her 1979 cover version of Neil Young's "Lotta Love".                         
Born in Helena, Montana, Larson got her start singing with Hoyt Axton's band and       
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. She worked as a session vocalist for         
Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett,         
Neil Young, Christopher Cross, Little Feat, Mary Kay Place, The Dirt Band, The         
Beach Boys, Pure Prairie League, and The Doobie Brothers. In 1979, she was             
nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She also had a minor role in         
the 1988 film Twins.                                                                   
Larson sang much of the backing vocals on Neil Young's "Comes a Time" and "Harvest     
Moon" albums, and duets on the song "Motorcycle Mama". She also sang backup on         
the Van Halen song "Could This Be Magic?", "Sweet Blue Midnight" by The Georgia         
Satellites, and on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's hit "Make a Little Magic".             
Her voice was appreciated all over the world. She held concerts in Europe and           
Australia. In 1991 she attended the Italian Festival di Sanremo where she sang a       
duet with Grazia Di Michele, the song "Me and My Father".                               
Larson was only 45 years old when she died on December 16, 1997 in Los Angeles         
as a result of complications arising from a cerebral edema. Larson is survived         
by her husband, the drummer Russell Kunkel, and her daughter Elsie May Larson-Kunkel.   
Larson is buried in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.