Linda Ronstadt

Happy Birthday Linda Marie Ronstadt

LindaMariaRonstadt1Happy Birthday Linda Marie Ronstadt born July 15th, 1946. A vocalist extrodanaire, she has sung in a wide range of styles over the years, my favorite being her Rock ‘n Roll and Country Western songs. Yet Linda has also been very successful in Jazz, Light Opera, & Latin styles.

DifferentDrumHer first big hit single was in 1967 with the Stone Poneys. The song was called “Different Drum” and was written by Mike Nesmeth of the Monkees.

MikeNesmethShe has also colaberated with vurtually everyone from Neil Young to Billy Eckstein to Falco Jimenez to Smokey Robinson to the Eagles. I mean the list is too long to report here.

SilkPurseIn the 1960’s-1970 Linda focused on the “Country” Rock style that she, The Eagles, Poco, Rick Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Pure Prairie League and many others developed from the L.A. music scene.

OriginalEaglesIn fact her guitar player, Glenn Frey & drummer, Don Henley left her band to form the Eagles. She even recommended Bearnie Leadon who could play Lead & Rythem guitar and could also write songs. Randy Meisner on bass, was a veteran of Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon band and Poco.

114884290An album called “Trio” recorded with Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris delved deeper into the Country side of things.

RonstadtRollingStoneSince then she has graced the covers of many magazines multipe times


MadLoveThe 1980’s saw her L.P. “Mad Love’ released which was clearly a “New Wave-Punk” album.

WhatsNewThis decade also saw her move musically into doing Light Opera and Broadway musicals. She also put out collaberations with band leader and arranger Nelson Riddle starting with the “Whats New” album of standards.

CancionesDeMiPadreThe 80’s also saw her diving, musically speaking, head long into her family roots with the L.P. “Canciones de Mi Padre” which featuredher take on traditional Mariachi music and traditional Mexican folks songs.

GreatestHitsVol1In 2011, Ronstadt was interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star and announced her retirement. In August 2013, she revealed to AARP that she has Parkinson’s disease, and “can no longer sing a note”.

In all, She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award, and many of her albums have been certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum in the United States and internationally. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. She was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latin Recording Academy in 2011 and also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy in 2016. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014.

RonstadtHallOfFameUpon induction, The tribute performance included Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, & Glenn Frey.

RonstadtMedalOfArtsOn July 28, 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

LindaRonstadtFiniNot bad for a young girl from Tucson, Arizona.

God Bless and THANK YOU for all of the great music!