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Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award.
Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Carla Bley, The Chieftains, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times noted in 2004, Ronstadt is “Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation … rarest of rarities – a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive … It’s an exceptional gift; one shared by few others.”
In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at #2, and “You’re No Good” at #1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single “Blue Bayou” reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”, peaked at #2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three #1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart.
In a 2011 interview with the Arizona Daily Star she said, “I am 100 percent retired and I’m not doing anything any more”. It was announced publicly in August 2013 that Linda had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.
Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was released in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.
Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2014.
Establishing her professional career in the mid-1960s at the forefront of California’s emerging folk rock and country rock movements – genres which later defined post-1960s rock music – Ronstadt joined forces with Bobby Kimmel and Kenny Edwards and became the lead singer of a folk-rock trio, The Stone Poneys. Later, as a solo artist, she released Hand Sown … Home Grown in 1969, which has been described as the first alternative country record by a female recording artist. Although fame eluded her during these years, Ronstadt actively toured with The Doors, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and others, made numerous television show appearances, and began to contribute her voice to a variety of albums.
However, with the release of chart-topping albums such as Heart Like a Wheel, Simple Dreams, and Living in the USA, coupled with the fact that Ronstadt became the first female “arena class” rock star, she set records as one of the top-grossing concert artists of the decade. Referred to as “First Lady of Rock” and the “Queen of Rock”, Ronstadt was voted the Top Female Pop Singer of the 1970s. Her rock-and-roll image was equally as famous as her music, appearing six times on the cover of Rolling Stone, as well as Newsweek and Time covers.
In the 1980s, Ronstadt went to Broadway and garnered a Tony nomination for her performance in The Pirates of Penzance, teamed with composer Philip Glass, recorded traditional music, and collaborated with conductor Nelson Riddle, an event at that time viewed as an original and unorthodox move for a rock-and-roll artist. This venture paid off, and Ronstadt remained one of the music industry’s best-selling acts throughout the 1980s with multi-platinum-selling albums such as What’s New, Canciones de Mi Padre, and Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. Ronstadt continued to tour, collaborate, and record celebrated albums, such as Winter Light and Hummin’ to Myself, until her retirement in 2011. Most of Ronstadt’s albums are certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. Having sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and setting records as one of the top-grossing concert performers for over a decade, Ronstadt was the most successful female singer of the 1970s and stands as one of the most successful female recording artists in U.S. history. A consummate American artist, Ronstadt opened many doors for women in rock and roll and other musical genres by championing songwriters and musicians, pioneering her chart success onto the concert circuit, and being at the vanguard of many musical movements.
Linda Ronstadt, an American rock artist, consists of 29 studio albums, numerous compilation albums, and 63 singles. After recording three albums with folk group The Stone Poneys, Ronstadt debuted on Capitol Records as a solo artist with 1969’s Hand Sown … Home Grown.
Between 1970 and 1973, Ronstadt released three studio albums: two on the Capitol label, Silk Purse (1970) and Linda Ronstadt (1971); and one on the Asylum label, Don’t Cry Now (1973). Developing a country rock sound similar to that of Eagles, Ronstadt recorded 1974’s Heart Like a Wheel, which later sold over two million copies and spawned the hits “When Will I Be Loved” and “You’re No Good”. Her next album was 1975’s Prisoner in Disguise, which followed the same musical format and contained a cover of “Heat Wave”, followed by a similar album entitled Hasten Down the Wind (1976). Her 1977 release Simple Dreams followed a more rock-oriented format and produced the Top 5 hits “Blue Bayou” and “It’s So Easy”.
The following year, Living in the USA followed similar suit, with a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A.”. In addition to the conventional Asylum release that is listed below, special limited-edition releases were also made of this album in red vinyl and picture disc.
In 1983, Ronstadt changed musical directions towards traditional pop music, recording What’s New, which certified 3× Multi-Platinum in the United States. It was succeeded by 1984’s Lush Life and 1986’s For Sentimental Reasons. To celebrate her Mexican American heritage, Ronstadt recorded the Spanish album Canciones de Mi Padre in 1987. The same year, she also teamed with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton for the collaboration album Trio, which spawned four country music hits, including the number one single, “To Know Him Is To Love Him”. Her 1989 release, entitled Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, was Ronstadt’s first contemporary pop rock album in seven years. It produced two big duets with Aaron Neville on the Billboard Hot 100: the #2 hit “Don’t Know Much” and the #11 hit “All My Life”.
After releasing two Spanish albums in the early 1990s, Ronstadt returned to pop with 1993’s Winter Light, which was followed by 1995’s similar effort, Feels Like Home. Her 1998 release, We Ran, featured more folk-oriented album material. In 1999, Ronstadt reunited with Harris and Parton for Trio II, which produced one single. That year she also recorded a southwestern-inspired release with Harris, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions. Her 2004 release Hummin’ to Myself was Ronstadt’s fourth album of traditional pop music standards and 2006’s Adieu False Heart mixed Cajun music with rock. Linda Ronstadt has sold over 30 million records in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
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