Linda Ronstadt

American singer 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.
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Young Jack Sparrow And More: Chats With Anthony De La Torre And Ray Scott, Plus A Legion Exclusive And A Paul Simon CD/DVD Review
Huffington Post - 9 months
LEGION’S “CAPER 1” EXCLUSIVE/PREMIERE Composer Jeff Russo (also of Tonic and Low Stars fame) shares “Caper 1,” a track taken from the second volume of Lakeshore Records’ soundtrack to FX Network’s mind-bending show Legion. The track is a signature slice of the striking score that is both hypnotically pointed and ominously orchestral, helping to propel the listener through the hyper creative plot points of the acclaimed drama. Lakeshore Records releases Legion Season 1 Volume 2—Original Television Soundtrack digitally today. According to Jeff Russo... "So glad to be releasing volume two of the season one score. There were a number of cues that we just couldn't let out of the bag until after we aired.” A Conversation with Anthony De La Torre Mike Ragogna: So am I speaking with Anthony or Jack? Anthony De La Torre: [laughs] I never break character, friend. No, definitely Anthony. MR: Thank God. Who wants to talk to a pirate anyway. ...
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Rose Hamlin, a One-Hit Wonder With ‘Angel Baby,’ Dies at 71
NYTimes - 11 months
The song was the only Top 40 hit for her group, Rosie and the Originals, but it was covered by John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt and others.
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Fox News Is Hit With Another Sexual Harassment Suit
Huffington Post - 11 months
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffa...
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Don Henley, Jackson Browne and friends salute Linda Ronstadt at Parkinson's benefit
LATimes - about 1 year
Fans and pop music critics alike have long extolled the power of Linda Ronstadt’s voice. But the facet of her talent most consistently lauded Sunday night at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in L.A. during a star-studded salute to Ronstadt benefiting research into Parkinson’s disease was her ears. That...
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Hillary Clinton Is Seen In The Woods So Often, Twitter Thinks She Lives There
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Twitter is Hillary-ious. Due to the multiple times Hillary Clinton has been seen hiking through the woods since the election, like in this picture … Hillary Clinton spotted again in the woods walking trails —via @pantsuitnation pic.twitter.com/LZ24IQwVE2 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 26, 2016 ... and in these photos … If you walk into the woods and say her name three times, Hillary Clinton will appear for a selfie and some encouraging words. pic.twitter.com/ffgFO04LkF — michael brown (@boyinquestion) November 29, 2016 … people on Twitter are joking that the former Democratic presidential nominee is clearly living in the forest like some majestic woodland creature: *runs into the woods in search of Hillary Clinton* — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) November 29, 2016 Hillary Clinton Spotted in Woods a Third time, stole hiker's cellphone screaming 'not again this story is not going to happen again' — Spencer (@Thesi...
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Emmylou, Dolly and Linda: Trio Returns For One Sweet and Welcome Last Roundup
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
The re-release of the 1986 and 1994 Trio sessions, a collaboration of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, is almost certainly the best Americana record coming out this fall. More...
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Fallen Eagle: Glenn Frey's Untimely Passing Points Up a <em>Long Run</em> Era
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The song from the car speakers sounded out sharp and vibrant and lilting across my high school parking lot. So much so I found myself sprinting across the lot, shouting at the parking driver not to turn off his radio. "What song, what band?," I asked. The disc jockey provided the answer at song's end; it was Take It Easy by a new band called the Eagles. The singer, I would soon find out along with much more as the '70s and '80s unfolded, was Glenn Frey. Fast forward to this MLK Day. I went online that afternoon to check on the latest polls in our rather alarming presidential race for a forthcoming piece, only to learn that Glenn Frey had suddenly passed away. It was quick a shock, since he was only 67 and he and the rest of the Eagles have regularly been touring the world for years, looking good and sounding great, a long run which, given the band's great popularity, I expected to continue for a long time to come. A lot has happened in the 40-odd years since I first dashed to hea...
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Linda Ronstadt, whose backing band was the hub for the Eagles, remembers Glenn Frey - Los Angeles Times
Google News - about 2 years
Los Angeles Times Linda Ronstadt, whose backing band was the hub for the Eagles, remembers Glenn Frey Los Angeles Times No one ever suggested that the Eagles invented country-rock music. The seeds for that hybrid had been planted and nurtured in the mid-1960s by the likes of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and the Monkees ... 'Jihadi John' dead; Winslow, Ariz., remembers Glenn Frey (10 things to know for Wednesday)NOLA.com Why The Deaths Of All These Musical Legends Are Getting To UsHuffington Post Glenn Frey and That Peaceful, Queasy FeelingThe New Yorker Miami Herald -People Magazine all 999 news articles »
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Linda Ronstadt, whose backing band was the hub for the Eagles, remembers Glenn Frey
LATimes - about 2 years
No one ever suggested that the Eagles invented country-rock music. The seeds for that hybrid had been planted and nurtured in the mid-1960s by the likes of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and the Monkees' Michael Nesmith well before Glenn Frey came together...
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A Most Ingenious Paradox
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Many opera companies have experimented with updating works from the standard repertoire in order to make them more relevant to contemporary audiences. Why? Doing so has financial as well as artistic rewards (because the scores to many operas are now in the public domain, an impresario may not need to pay royalties in order to be granted production rights). In 1866, Gaetano Donizetti's 1832 opera, The Elixir of Love, became the subject of a musical parody written by none other than William S. Gilbert, entitled Dulcamara, or the Little Duck and the Great Quack. In the 1980s, James De Blasis used a new translation of Felice Romani's libretto for an updated version of Elixir of Love that was set in the Wild West and has occasionally been referred to as "Adina Get Your Gun." In 2012, tenor Rolando Villazòn sang the role of Nemorino and directed a new "Wild West" production of Donizetti's opera at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. The San Francisco Opera recently score...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Linda Ronstadt
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    On July 28, 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.
    She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014.
  • 2013
    Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was published in September 2013.
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    In August 2013, Ronstadt revealed she has Parkinson's disease, leaving her unable to sing due to loss of muscle control, which is common to Parkinson's patients.
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    In August 2013, she revealed to AARP that she has Parkinson's disease, and "can no longer sing a note."
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  • 2012
    It was the last time Linda Ronstadt would record an album, having begun to lose her singing ability as the result of Parkinson's disease, diagnosed in December 2012.
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    She was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.
  • 2011
    In the summer of 2011, Simon & Schuster announced their publishing of Ronstadt's autobiography.
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    In 2011, Ronstadt was interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star and announced her retirement.
    Asher executive produced a tribute CD called Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released September 6, 2011, on which Ronstadt's 1976 version of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" appears among newly recorded versions of Holly's songs by various artists.
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    She continued to tour, collaborate, and record celebrated albums, such as Winter Light and Hummin' to Myself, until her retirement in 2011.
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  • 2010
    On April 29, 2010, Ronstadt began a campaign, including joining a lawsuit, against Arizona's new illegal-immigration law SB 1070 calling it a "devastating blow to law enforcement... the police don't protect us in a democracy with brute force", something she said she learned from her brother, Peter, who was Chief of Police in Tucson.
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    On January 16, 2010, Ronstadt converged with thousands of other activists in a "National Day of Action".
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    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).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In August 2009, Ronstadt, in a well-publicized interview to PlanetOut Inc. titled "Linda Ronstadt's Gay Mission", championed gay rights and same-sex marriage and stated that "homophobia is anti-family values.
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    In May 2009, Ronstadt received an honorary doctorate of music degree from the Berklee College of Music for her achievements and influence in music, and her contributions to American and international culture.
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    On March 31, 2009, in testimony that the Los Angeles Times viewed as "remarkable", Ronstadt spoke to the United States Congress House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies, attempting to convince lawmakers to budget $200 million in the 2010 fiscal year for the National Endowment of the Arts.
    In 2009, in honor of Ronstadt, the Martin Guitar Company made a 00 - 42 model "Linda Ronstadt Limited Edition" acoustic guitar.
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    After completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011.
  • 2008
    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.
  • 2007
    Ronstadt has also been honored for her contribution to the American arts. On September 23, 2007, Ronstadt was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, along with Stevie Nicks, Buck Owens, and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
    In 2007, Ronstadt resided in San Francisco while also maintaining her home in Tucson.
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    In an August 14, 2007, interview, she commented on all her well-publicized, outspoken views, in particular the Aladdin incident by noting, "If I had it to do over I would be much more gracious to everyone … you can be as outspoken as you want if you are very, very respectful.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    At a 2006 concert in Canada, Ronstadt told the Calgary Sun that she was "embarrassed George Bush (was) from the United States....
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  • 2004
    Amid reports of mixed public response, Ronstadt continued in her praise of Moore and his film throughout her 2004 and 2006 summer concerts across North America.
    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.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, Ronstadt completed her long contractual relationship with the Elektra/Asylum label.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Also in 1999, Ronstadt went back to her concert roots, when she performed with the Eagles and Jackson Browne at Staples Center's 1999 New Year's Eve celebration kicking off the December 31 end-of-the-millennium festivities.
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    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.
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  • 1998
    In 1998, Ronstadt released We Ran, her first album in over two years.
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  • 1996
    In 1996, Ronstadt produced Dedicated to the One I Love, an album of classic rock and roll songs reinvented as lullabies.
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  • 1993
    Ronstadt was nominated for three Lo Nuestro Awards in 1993: Female Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Female Tropical/Salsa Artist of the Year, and her version of the song "Perfidia" was also listed for Tropical/Salsa Song of the Year.
    Continuing with her crafted approach to more mainstream-oriented material, Ronstadt released the highly acclaimed Winter Light album at the end of 1993.
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  • 1990
    In December 1990, she participated in a concert held at the Tokyo Dome to commemorate John Lennon's 50th birthday, and to raise awareness of environmental issues.
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    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.")
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989, Ronstadt released a mainstream pop album and several popular singles.
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  • 1988
    In 1988, Ronstadt would return to Broadway for a limited-run engagement in the musical show adaptation of her album celebrating her Mexican heritage, Canciones De Mi PadreA Romantic Evening in Old Mexico.
  • 1987
    In 1987, she made a return to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Somewhere Out There", which peaked at number 2 in March.
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    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".
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  • 1984
    In 1984, Ronstadt and Riddle performed these songs live, in concert halls throughout Australia, Japan, and the United States, including multi-night performances at historic venues Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Pine Knob.
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  • 1983
    In 1983 Linda Ronstadt dated comedian Jim Carrey for 8 months.
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    By 1983, Ronstadt had enlisted the help of 62-year-old conductor and master of jazz/traditional pop orchestration Nelson Riddle.
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    Between 1983 and 1990, Ronstadt scored six additional platinum albums; two are triple platinum (each with over three million U.S. copies sold); one has been certified double platinum (over two million copies sold); and one has earned additional certification as a Gold (over 500,000 U.S. copies sold) double-disc album.
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    By 1983, her estimated worth was over $40 million mostly from records, concerts and merchandising.
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  • 1982
    Along with the release of her Get Closer album, Ronstadt embarked on a North American tour, remaining one of the top rock-concert draws that summer and fall. On November 25, 1982, her "Happy Thanksgiving Day" concert was held at the Reunion Arena in Dallas and broadcast live via satellite to NBC radio stations in the United States.
    In 1982, Ronstadt released the album Get Closer, a primarily rock album with some country and pop music as well.
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  • 1981
    The Pirates of Penzance opened for a limited engagement in New York City's Central Park, eventually moving its production to Broadway, where it became a hit, running from January 8, 1981, to November 28, 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    In the summer of 1980, Ronstadt began rehearsals for the first of several leads in Broadway musicals.
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    The album earned Ronstadt a 1980 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance/Female (although she lost to Pat Benatar's Crimes of Passion album).
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    In 1980, Ronstadt released Mad Love, her seventh consecutive platinum-selling album.
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  • 1979
    In 1979, Ronstadt went on an international tour, playing in arenas across Australia to Japan, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, and the Budokan in Tokyo.
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    As Rolling Stone magazine dubbed her "Rock's Venus", her record sales continued to multiply and set records themselves. By 1979, Ronstadt had collected eight gold, six platinum, and four multi-platinum certifications for her albums, an unprecedented feat at the time.
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  • 1978
    In 1978 alone, she made over $12 million (equivalent to $44,000,000 in 2016 dollars) and in the same year her albums sales were reported to be 17 milliongrossing over $60 million (equivalent to a gross of over $220,000,000, in 2016 dollars).
    By the end of 1978, Ronstadt had solidified her role as one of rock and pop's most successful solo female acts, and owing to her consistent platinum album success, and her ability as the first-ever woman to sell out concerts in arenas and stadiums hosting tens of thousands of fans, Ronstadt became the "highest paid woman in rock".
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    Following the success of Living in the USA, Ronstadt conducted album promotional tours and concerts. She made a guest appearance onstage with the Rolling Stones at the Tucson Community Center on July 21, 1978, in her hometown of Tucson, where she and Jagger sang "Tumbling Dice".
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    Ronstadt was also featured in the 1978 film FM, where the plot involved disc jockeys attempting to broadcast a Ronstadt concert live, without a competing station's knowledge.
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    In 1978, Rolling Stone magazine declared Ronstadt, "by far America's best-known female rock singer."
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  • 1977
    Her 1977 appearance on the cover of Time magazine under the banner "Torchy Rock" was also upsetting to Ronstadt, considering what the image appeared to project about the most famous woman in rock.
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    In a 1977 interview, Ronstadt explained, "Annie Leibovitz saw that picture as an expose of my personality.
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    Also in 1977, she was asked by the Los Angeles Dodgers to sing the U.S. National Anthem at game three of the World Series against the New York Yankees.
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    At the end of 1977, Ronstadt surpassed the success of Heart Like a Wheel with her album Simple Dreams, which held the number 1 position for five consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.
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    It also included an interpretation of Willie Nelson's classic "Crazy", which became a Top 10 Country hit for Ronstadt in early 1977.
  • 1976
    In 1976, Ronstadt reached the Top 3 of Billboards Album Chart and won her second career Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her third consecutive platinum album Hasten Down the Wind.
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  • 1975
    In September 1975, Ronstadt's album Prisoner In Disguise was released.
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    Rolling Stone magazine put Ronstadt on its cover in March 1975.
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    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."
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  • 1974
    In the 1974 book Rock 'N' Roll Woman, author Katherine Orloff writes that Ronstadt's "own musical preferences run strongly to rhythm and blues, the type of music she most frequently chooses to listen to... (and) her goal is to... be soulful too.
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    Meanwhile, the album became Ronstadt's most successful up to that time, selling 300,000 copies by the end of 1974.
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  • 1971
    Also in 1971, Ronstadt began talking with David Geffen about moving from Capitol Records to Geffen's Asylum Records label.
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    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.
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  • 1969
    She noted in a 1969 interview in Fusion magazine that it was difficult being a single "chick singer" with an all-male backup band.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    The trio released three albums in a 15-month period in 1967 - 68: The Stone Poneys; Evergreen, Volume 2; and Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys and Friends, Vol.
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  • 1964
    Ronstadt visited a friend from Tucson, Bobby Kimmel, in Los Angeles during Easter break from college in 1964, and later that year, shortly before her eighteenth birthday, decided to move there permanently to form a band with him.
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    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.
  • 1946
    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.
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