Linda Ronstadt


Linda Marie Ronstadt is an American popular music recording artist. She has earned eleven Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, in addition to Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. A singer, songwriter, and record producer, she is recognized as a definitive interpreter of songs.… Read More

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1946 Birth Linda Maria Ronstadt was born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, daughter to Gilbert Ronstadt (1911 - 1995), a prosperous machinery merchant who ran the F. Ronstadt Co., and Ruth Mary (Copeman) Ronstadt (1914 - 1982), a homemaker. … Read More


1964 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  But increasingly, Ronstadt wanted to make a union of folk music and rock 'n' roll, and in 1964, after a semester at Arizona State University, the 18-year-old decided to move to Los Angeles.


1967 - 1969 2 More Events
1971 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Another backing band featured players Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, who went on to form the Eagles. They toured with her for a short period in 1971 and played on Linda Ronstadt, her self-titled third album, from which the failed single, Ronstadt's version of Browne's "Rock Me On the Water", was drawn. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Meanwhile, the album became Ronstadt's most successful up to that time, selling 300,000 copies by the end of 1974. … Read More
Although Ronstadt had been a cult favorite on the music scene for several years, 1975 was "remembered in the music biz as the year when 29-year-old Linda Ronstadt belatedly happened." … Read More


It also included an interpretation of Willie Nelson's classic "Crazy", which became a Top 10 Country hit for Ronstadt in early 1977.
In 1978, Rolling Stone magazine declared Ronstadt, "by far America's best-known female rock singer." … Read More
1979 - 1982 8 More Events
…  By 1983, her estimated worth was over $40 million mostly from records, concerts and merchandising. … Read More


1987 40 Years Old 1 More Event
At the end of 1987, Ronstadt released Canciones de Mi Padre, an album of traditional Mexican folk songs, or what she has described as "world class songs". … Read More
1988 - 1989 2 More Events
1990 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Ronstadt's last known live Grammy Award appearance was in 1990 when she and Neville performed "Don't Know Much" together on the telecast. ("Whenever I sing with a different artist, I can get things out of my voice that I can't do by myself", Ronstadt reflected in 2007. "I can do things with Aaron that I can't do alone.")
1993 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Continuing with her crafted approach to more mainstream-oriented material, Ronstadt released the highly acclaimed Winter Light album at the end of 1993. … Read More


1998 52 Years Old In 1998, Ronstadt released We Ran, her first album in over two years. … Read More
1999 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite the lack of success of We Ran, Ronstadt kept moving towards this adult rock exploration. In the summer of 1999, she released the album Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions, a folk-rock-oriented project with EmmyLou Harris. … Read More
2000 54 Years Old In 2000, Ronstadt completed her long contractual relationship with the Elektra/Asylum label. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Ronstadt's politics received criticism and praise during and after her July 17, 2004, performance at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. … Read More


2006 60 Years Old At a 2006 concert in Canada, Ronstadt told the Calgary Sun that she was "embarrassed George Bush (was) from the United States.... … Read More
In the summer of 2007, Ronstadt headlined the Newport Folk Festival, making her debut at this event, where she incorporated jazz, rock, and folk music into her repertoire. … Read More
2008 62 Years Old On August 17, 2008, Ronstadt received a tribute by various artists including BeBe Winans and Wynonna Judd, when she was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Plácido Domingo at the 2008 ALMA Awards, a ceremony later televised in the U.S. on ABC.
After completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011.
In 2010, Ronstadt contributed the arrangement and lead vocal to "A La Orilla de un Palmar" on the Chieftains studio album San Patricio (with Ry Cooder). … Read More
…  She continued to tour, collaborate, and record celebrated albums, such as Winter Light and Hummin' to Myself, until her retirement in 2011. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old 1 More Event
She was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.
In August 2013, she revealed to AARP that she has Parkinson's disease, and "can no longer sing a note." … Read More
2014 68 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014.
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