While Karla Bonoff scored only one top 20 hit in America—1982's "Personally" (my No. 23 song for the year)—she is plenty acclaimed as a songwriter who penned multiple hits for Linda Ronstadt ("Someone To Lay Down Beside Me"), whose voice is strikingly similar.
Bonoff, who turns 59 today, released five albums; among her many hits in my songbook are "Please Be the One," "Standing Right Next To Me," "All Walk Alone," "All My Life," "Tell Me Why," "Goodbye My Friend" and "What Am I Supposed To Believe" with Christopher Cross.
I first saw her live at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., in the early 1990s; then again at B.B. King in New York in April 2009.