Her first four solo albums, released between 1969 and 1973, were only modestly successful. Her breakthrough came when she started working with Peter Asher, who produced her 1974 album Heart Like a Wheel
. That album contained her #1 hit "You're No Good
," and her career took off from there. Asher, who was also James Taylor's producer, worked with her throughout the rest of the decade and the '80s, including on her standards albums in on Canciones de Mi Padre
What did Asher do to help Ronstadt realize her potential? In a Songfacts interview
, he said: "I think we chose the right songs and we did them the right way. The process by which we achieved that was a conversation. We would both suggest songs. She would usually suggest the slow ones and I would suggest the rock and roll ones – those were not her favorite. And then we would try out arrangement ideas until we found what seemed to suit."