Linda Ronstadt

Linda Maria Ronstadt ( born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American West Coast and country-rock singer.


Linda Ronstadt, daughter of Gilbert Ronstadt (1911-1995) and Ruth Mary Copeman Ronstadt (1914-1982), her career began in the mid 1960s at the legendary folk club "The Troubadour " in West Hollywood. With the folk band " The Stone Poneys " they had their first hit in 1967 Different Drum, written by Michael Nesmith of the Monkees.

Her first solo hit was 1970, the country-rock song Long Long Time, but they also worked on the oratorio Escalator over the Hill with the ensemble of the jazz pianist and composer Carla Bley - with. In the 1970s, Linda Ronstadt had their greatest successes and received a number of platinum awards. Their albums Heart Like A Wheel (1974 ), originally a hit of Kate McGarrigle, Hasten Down The Wind, Simple Dreams, and Living in the USA made ​​in the U.S. Billboard album and country album charts six number - one quotations, including the song You're No Good. Heart Like A Wheel 1974 Ronstadt is considered important album. With a cover of Rolling Stones songs Ronstadt Tumbling Dice succeeded in 1978 a top 40 hit. Linda's album " Canciones de mi Padre " comes from a collection of songs of her aunt Louise, in 1930 a book entitled " Canciones de mi Padre " brought out.

Linda Ronstadt made ​​in addition to numerous pop rock hits - such as a cover version of Roy Orbison's Blue Bayou and duets with Aaron Neville - throughout their careers captured many musical styles, ranging from the big band sound on Mexican folk music to to an album with rock classics in the form of lullabies entitled Dedicated to the One I Love, which contains, inter alia, a version of the Queen classic We Will Rock You. She also worked as a backing singer at several Neil Young albums, often joined other bands, singers as guest vocalist in appearance, such as the Eagles, the Chieftains and Nicolette Larson.

In collaboration with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton in 1987, the country album Trio, the 1999 album Trio II was followed.

In August 2013, the singer announced she was suffering for several years from Parkinson 's disease and could no longer sing. They then declared himself finished her career as.


Linda Ronstadt released 24 solo albums and has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards.

She was also nominated for her role in the musical The Pirates of Penzance as an actress for the Golden Globe, with this musical, she appeared on Broadway.


  • Linda's grandfather Federico Ronstadt was 1868 in Sonora (Mexico) was born the son of a German immigrant from Hanover, who came up with 14 years from Tucson to learn wagon. He himself and his children, Louise, William, Alfred, Edward and Gilbert ( Linda's father) already played in several bands and composed songs. Linda's siblings called Gretchen, Peter and Michael.
  • In the late 1970s, Linda Ronstadt had a relationship with Jerry Brown, the former governor of California.
  • When she expressed the filmmaker and Bush critic Michael Moore at a concert in Las Vegas their support, she was booed for it. Before adding Ronstadt Moore had as a "great American patriot " and someone who " spreads the truth," respectively. She called on the audience at the Aladdin hotel-casino to Moore's documentary about President George W. Bush, " Fahrenheit 9/11 " to watch. Then there was booing, some of the 4500 spectators ran out of the room, others tore down concert posters.
  • The companion of Linda Ronstadt early 70s consisted of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, who later became Eagles.