Happy Birthday Linda Marie Ronstadt
Happy 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.
In 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.
In 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.
This 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.
The 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.
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.
God Bless and THANK YOU for all of the great music!