Heart Of Gold
Neil Young
Young Neil 1972 Heart Gold 45

I want to live, I want to give
I've been a miner for a heart of gold
It's these expressions I never give
That keep me searching for a heart of gold

- James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt on backing vocals -
1972
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972 for one week
  • peaked at No. 10 on the UK Singles chart in 1972
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • from Neil Young's fourth album, Harvest (1972)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #303 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the biggest hit single for Neil Young
  • on the record:
             Neil Young - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
             Teddy Irwin - guitar
             Ben Keith - pedal steel guitar
             Tim Drummond - bass
             Kenny Buttrey - drums
             James Taylor - backing vocals
             Linda Ronstadt - backing vocals
  • written by Neil Young
  • produced by Elliot Mazer
  • recorded February 8, 1971 at Quadraphonic Studios, Nashville, TN
  • Reprise Records label
  • on March 1, 1972, "Heart Of Gold" moved Nilsson's "Without You" off the top of the Hot 100, which had held the position for four weeks
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