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Linda Ronstadt

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Tucson AZ, United States (1967 – present)

Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American singer most closely associated with the country rock genre prevalent in the 1970s. Though an occasional songwriter herself, she is better known as an interpreter of other songwriters’ works.

Her career began in 1967 with the release of folk-rock group The Stone Poneys’ self-titled album. After the break-up of the Stone Poneys, Linda entered the country music field. In 1969, with the release of ‘Hand Sown… Home Grown’, Ronstadt became the first female singer to release an alt-country album.

Ronstadt achieved her greatest commercial success in the mid-’70s. A singer and record producer, she is recognized as a definitive interpreter of songs.[2] Being one of music’s most versatile and commercially successful female singers in U.S. history, she is recognized for her many public stages of self-reinvention and incarnations.[3]

With a one-time standing as the Queen of Rock,[4][5] where she was bestowed the title of “highest paid woman in rock”,[6][7] and known as the First Lady of Rock, she has more recently emerged as music matriarch, international arts advocate[3] and Human Rights advocate.[8][9]

Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres—including Billy Eckstine,[10] Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, The Chieftains, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton and has lent her voice to over 120 albums around the world.

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  • BillieShears39

    How I love this woman ♥

    27 Jul 8:49am Reply
  • jessielou910

    happy birthday girl <3

    16 Jul 2:22am Reply
  • MusiQ3985

    <3

    23 Apr 5:05pm Reply
  • Selena1995

    Stay strong Linda {3}

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    Sad news indeed... she's one of my favorite voices, ever. Her covers of numerous songs like Tumbling Dice and Blue Bayou are legendary. And Different Drum? Awwh.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • KRainford

    Such tragic news that Linda has lost her ability to sing due to Parkinson's. One of my all time favourite vocalists. Thank you for the music Linda x

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Metamorphic_

    Stay strong Linda

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    So sad to hear about Linda's battle with Parkinson's and the loss of her singing voice. :(

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    >> Do you want more featuring Linda?

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Queen of the covers! I love her song interpretations, and how she makes them her own.

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • falconrising

    Did someone say that they had Linda Ronstadt's HBO concert. I remember watching that many years ago. That's what made me a Linda Ronstadt fan. Would the person that said they had that concert or anyone that has it please write to me.

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • ezwriter1

    "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" is one of those rare albums where every song on it is great. "Mad Love" is a damn good collection of tunes as well.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Fioristella

    She's my most favorite singer and I love her! She has such a wonderful, most adorable voice!!!

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • markalvin

    Beautiful voice indeed.

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • playa0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiB0e-ufkPE

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
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    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Ruminator

    I've been listening to Rondstadt for decades. I'll continue listening to her wonderful voice for the remainder of my life. Thank you, ma'am.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • u2theedge

    perfect singer. she's limitless

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Snoopy7666

    The greatest American songbird of the last half century is Linda Ronstadt...I have her 4-disc boxset, and all her individual albums...Incredibly talented...perfect voice...strong, but soft... I recorded a live concert of hers off of HBO back in 1980 when she was touring...I've never been able to find it commercially available anywhere...but I still have the cassette and it still sounds great, just like her...I read in her bio that she never married, but has two children...I understand that she had numerous relationships with men, including Jerry Brown, two-time Governor of California...Did she ever come out that she was more interested in women than in men? I never heard that, but I wondered about it, since she never married...

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • marcrdg

    I can't explain what I really feel when I listen Linda singing "The Waiting". [2]

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
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