I mean you have to be on your toes or you wind up falling on your face. There is a new royalty ruling today's record charts."[111]. Three years later, she ranked number 40 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music. It was her first foray into traditional jazz since her sessions with Jerry Wexler and her records with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, but this time with an intimate jazz combo. Ronstadt has stated that she was not pleased with the album, although it provided her with her first solo hit, the multi-format single "Long, Long Time", and earned her first Grammy nomination (for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance/Female). Mexican music also has an overlay of West African music, based on huapango drums, and it's kind of like a 6/8. [118], In 1988, Ronstadt returned to Broadway for a limited-run engagement in the musical show adaptation of her album celebrating her Mexican heritage, Canciones De Mi Padre – A Romantic Evening in Old Mexico.[119]. Meanwhile, the album became Ronstadt's most successful up to that time, selling 300,000 copies by the end of 1974. By 1983, Ronstadt had enlisted the help of 62-year-old conductor Nelson Riddle. Ronstadt reduced her activity after 2000 when she felt her singing voice deteriorating,[24] releasing her last full-length album in 2004 and performing her last live concert in 2009. She also appeared on Glass's follow-up recording 1000 Airplanes on the Roof. Working with Ronstadt, Riddle brought his career back into focus in the last three years of his life. Her remarks drew international headlines. The album earned Ronstadt another Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and critical raves, with Time magazine calling it "one of the gutsiest, most unorthodox and unexpected albums of the year."[132]. It remains her only album between 1975 and 1990 not to be officially certified platinum. It was her first commercial failure since 1972, and peaked at number 92 in Billboard, whereas 1995's Feels Like Home was Ronstadt's much heralded return to country-rock and included her version of Tom Petty's classic hit "The Waiting". Linda Ronstadt could sing it all. It showed Ronstadt in a vintage dress lying on shimmering satin sheets with a Walkman headset. They were not nearly as successful as Canciones De Mi Padre, but were critically acclaimed in some circles. Rolling Stone put Ronstadt on its cover in March 1975. [29] Her rock-and-roll image was as famous as her music; she appeared six times on the cover of Rolling Stone and on the covers of Newsweek and Time. Ronstadt has remarked that in the beginning of her career she "was so focused on folk, rock and country" that she "got a bit bored and started to branch out, and ... [has] been doing that ever since. 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). In the summer of 1999, she released the album Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions, a folk-rock-oriented project with Emmylou Harris. "[89], 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."[90]. Linda Ronstadt is an American singer and actress. She has received a total of 27 Grammy Award nominations in various fields that include rock, country, pop and Tropical Latin, and has won 11 Grammy Awards in the categories of Pop, Country, Tropical Latin, Musical Album for Children and Mexican-American. Like her two previous Latin recordings ventures, it won Ronstadt a Grammy Award, this time for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. Ronstadt has served as producer on albums from various musicians that include her cousin, David Lindley, Aaron Neville and singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb. "[126], Ronstadt eventually tired of playing arenas. "Doing that killed me," she said in a Time magazine interview. "[53] She admires Callas for her musicianship and her attempts to push 20th-century singing, particularly opera, back into the bel canto "natural style of singing". Ronstadt had major success interpreting songs from a diverse spectrum of artists. However, in 1999, Ronstadt, Parton, and Harris agreed to release the Trio II album, as was originally recorded in 1994. This venture paid off,[43] and Ronstadt remained one of the music industry's best-selling acts throughout the 1980s, with multi-platinum-selling albums such as Mad Love, What's New, Canciones de Mi Padre, and Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. "[144] Her diagnosis was subsequently re-evaluated as progressive supranuclear palsy. Period, end of story. Ronstadt has released 24 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Linda Ronstadt started her long and diverse singing career as "the clear-voiced, country-influenced singer" for the band the Stone Poneys, according to AllMusic.She was born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, to a musical family, and sang at home from a very young age. On the heels of this success, Steven Spielberg asked Ronstadt to record the theme song for the animated sequel titled An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, which was titled "Dreams to Dream". Ronstadt incorporated the sounds of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Tower of Power horns, the Skywalker Symphony, and numerous musicians. "[37] Amazon.com defines her as the American female rock superstar of the decade. The duets earned several Grammy Award nominations. [177], Ronstadt has also been outspoken on environmental and community issues. [58] Kimmel had already begun co-writing folk-rock songs with guitarist-songwriter Kenny Edwards, and eventually the three of them were signed by Nik Venet to Capitol in the summer of 1966 as "the Stone Poneys". She also participated in a benefit concert for her friend Lowell George, held at The Forum, in Los Angeles. [54] ("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. Hazel was born in Michigan. The tour group, which included Linda Ronstadt, were traveling to Banámichi, the birthplace of the Ronstadt patriarch, Federico José María Ronstadt. [156] In more recent years, Ronstadt moved back to San Francisco while continuing to maintain her home in Tucson. I didn't have a trace of stage fright. Caroline was the daughter of Henry Groff and Helen M. Henderson. It also included an interpretation of Willie Nelson's ballad "Crazy", which became a Top 10 Country hit for Ronstadt in early 1977. "Blue Bayou" was at #3 while "It's So Easy" was at #5. She was a granddaughter of Lloyd Groff Copeman, a prolific inventor and holder of many patents. [38] The album eventually sold 3 million U.S. copies. Image of Linda Ronstadt reclining on a porch railing in Los Angeles, California, 1974. "[88] "Female" was the important qualifier, according to Time magazine, which labeled her "a rarity ... to (have survived) ... in the shark-infested deeps of rock. It reached number 2 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart but peaked at number 166 on the main Billboard album chart. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. Simple Dreams spawned a string of hit singles on numerous charts. By singing it ... you release (the sadness). [98][100] At a time in the industry when men still told women what to sing and what to wear,[101] Ronstadt hated the image of her that was projected to the world on that cover,[98] and she noted recently how the photographer kept forcing her to wear a dress, which was an image she did not want to project. As of 2013, it had sold over 2½ million U.S. copies. She appeared on Paul Simon's Graceland, where she sang a duet with Simon, "Under African Skies." "Sometimes You Just Can't Win" was picked up by country radio, and made it to number 27 on that listing. At that time, Ronstadt's U.S. album sales were certified by the Recording Industry Association of America at over 30 million albums sold; however, Peter Asher, her former producer and manager, placed her total U.S. album sales at over 45 million. With this in mind, Ronstadt fuses country and rock into a special union. She was right. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62376409. 1989 – Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, Linda Ronstadt, Great Performances: 2008 – Trailblazer Award for Contribution to American Music, 1981 – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Linda Ronstadt in, 1983 – Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy, Linda Ronstadt in, This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 23:35. Lloyd was born in Michigan, and was a well-known inventor. [37], Ronstadt's early family life was filled with music and tradition, which influenced the stylistic and musical choices she later made in her career. var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer||""==referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); ", "When Will She Be Loved? Ronstadt's singles have earned her a number 1 hit and three number 2 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with 10 top-ten pop singles and 21 reaching the Top 40. [97], Ronstadt has remarked that she felt as though she was "artificially encouraged to kinda cop a really tough attitude (and be tough) because rock and roll is kind of tough (business)," which she felt wasn't worn quite authentically. Photo taken Friday, February 15, 2019. I tend to bury myself in one thing for years at a time. 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.[141]. Everybody has their own level of doing their music. In 1991, Ronstadt acted in the lead role of archangel San Miguel in La Pastorela, or A Shephard's Tale, a musical filmed at San Juan Bautista. Ronstadt was the first female artist in popular music history to accumulate four consecutive platinum albums (fourteen certified million selling, to date). Backstage at a concert in Texas, Chris Hillman introduced her to Emmylou Harris, telling them, "You two could be good friends",[74] which soon occurred, resulting in frequent collaborations over the following years. Linda Ronstadt and singer-songwriter Jackson Browne during a folkloric dance performance in Arizpe. [76], —Linda Ronstadt, on reconciling her musical instincts with rock 'n' roll. In 2001, it was certified double-platinum by the RIAA for shipments of over 2 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling non-English-language album in U.S. music history. In 2004, Ronstadt released Hummin' to Myself, her album for Verve Records. Photo: Shout Factory She said that her singing style was shaped by the music she grew up with, even on her 1970s and ’80s pop hits such as “Blue Bayou,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “You’re No Good.” The album design for What's New by designer Kosh was unlike any of her previous disc covers. In 1991, she released Mas Canciones, a follow-up to the first Canciones. She announced her retirement in 2011 and revealed shortly afterwards that she is no longer able to sing as a result of a degenerative condition later determined to be progressive supranuclear palsy. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. She's an extremely determined woman, in every area. [98] Female rock artists like her and Janis Joplin, whom she described as lovely, shy, and very literate in real life and the antithesis of the "red hot mamma" she was artificially encouraged to project, went through an identity crisis. She continued to tour, collaborate, and record celebrated albums, such as Winter Light and Hummin' to Myself, until her retirement in 2011. In the 1970s, Cashbox magazine, a competitor of Billboard during that time period, named Ronstadt the "#1 Female Artist of the Decade". ... Now the fact that we were lied to about the reasons for entering into war against Iraq and thousands of people have died‍—‌it's just as immoral as racism." In 2008 Australia's Raven Records released a compilation CD titled The Stone Poneys. Ronstadt also filmed several music videos for this album which became popular on the fledgling MTV cable channel. An album resulted, titled Happy Birthday, John. [184][185] On March 31, 2009, in testimony that the Los Angeles Times termed "remarkable",[186] 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. rcel.src = "//trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=76341&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+encodeURIComponent(referer); Ronstadt has been honored for her contribution to the American arts. Do you have clout? Powered by  - Designed with the Hueman theme, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18922273, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=133555942, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62376409. It earned a nomination for the Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Folk Album, and made the Top 10 of Billboard's Country Albums chart. It's just not me and it never was me. She would go on to parlay her mass commercial appeal with major success in interpreting The Great American Songbook – made famous a generation before by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald – and later the Mexican folk songs of her childhood. In that song, there is a verse dedicated to Ronstadt, her voice and harmonies and her birth in Tucson, Arizona. This album was titled Frenesí. [105][106][107] On singing with Jagger, Ronstadt later said, "I loved it. Linda’s great-grandfather Friedrich was German, born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, the son of Gottfried Heinrich Ronstadt and Trienke Gerdes. [92] She was the first female in music history to score three consecutive platinum albums and ultimately racked up a total of eight consecutive platinum albums. In the early 1980s, Ronstadt was criticized for accepting $500,000 to perform at the South African resort Sun City, violating the cultural boycott imposed against South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. However, as early as 1970, Ronstadt was being criticized by music "purists" for her "brand of music" which crossed many genres. [73] Although hesitant at first to work with her because of her reputation for being a "woman of strong opinions (who) knew what she wanted to do (with her career)", he nonetheless agreed to become her full-time producer,[75] and remained in that role through the late 1980s. As part of the album's promotion, a live concert was recorded for an HBO special in April. "[166], Following the concert, news accounts reported that Ronstadt was "evicted" from the hotel premises. It included an ethereal cover of Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" which became a popular music video. She achieved a major hit single with "Ooo Baby Baby", with her rendition hitting all four major singles charts (Pop, AC, Country, R&B). Keeping with the Ronstadt history theme, her cover art was dramatic, bold, and colorful; it shows Ronstadt in full Mexican regalia. Since leaving Warner Music, Ronstadt has gone on to release one album each under Verve and Vanguard Records. She’s extremely liberal in her political thinking and unquestionably antiapartheid. And I had to do them both to reestablish who I was. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=133555942 [173], 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. “He’s a natural teacher and muse.” In the trailer, Browne adds, “Look, if Linda Ronstadt invites you to go to Mexico, I don’t need any more than that. Can I please come to the sessions. And then after that it's the problem of finding someone that can stand you!"[158]. [83] Explaining that rock and roll music is part of her culture, she says that the songs she sang after her rock and roll hits were part of her soul. Her first album in Spanish was 1987’s Canciones de Mi Padre, which went double platinum in the U.S. Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she has retired from singing. Her three biggest-selling studio albums to date are: her 1977 release Simple Dreams, 1983's What's New and 1989's Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind. Although Ronstadt's duets, "Somewhere Out There" with James Ingram and "Don't Know Much" with Aaron Neville, peaked at numbers 8 and 2 respectively in 1987 and 1989, the single "Blue Bayou" was her only solo single to reach the UK Top 40. [28], Linda's father came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family[29] and was of German, English, and Mexican ancestry. The album itself was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. Unfortunately, the attempt did not pan out. That's it. "Heat Wave" hit the Top Five on Billboard's Hot 100 while "Love Is A Rose" hit the Top Five on Billboard's country chart. Ronstadt's natural vocal range spans several octaves from contralto to soprano, and occasionally she will showcase this entire range within a single work. The album reached number 78 in Billboard and won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children. At the end of that year, Billboard magazine crowned Ronstadt with three number-one Awards for the Year: Pop Female Singles Artist of the Year, Pop Female Album Artist of the Year, and Female Artist of the Year (overall).[103]. She credits her mother for her appreciation of Gilbert and Sullivan and her father for introducing her to the traditional pop and Great American Songbook repertoire that she would, in turn, help reintroduce to an entire generation.[48][50]. [44] In August 2013, she revealed to Alanna Nash, writing for AARP, that she has Parkinson's disease and "can no longer sing a note. "[56], 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. 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. It has been called the first alternative country record by a female recording artist. [90] The disc's first single release was "Love Is A Rose". [55] Ronstadt's professional relationship with Asher allowed her to take command and effectively delegate responsibilities in the recording studio. "[53] In 1997, Ronstadt sold her home in San Francisco and moved back to her hometown of Tucson, Arizona, to raise her two children. [140], Ronstadt released the highly acclaimed Winter Light album at the end of 1993. (Ronstadt sang harmony with Simon on a different Graceland track, "Under African Skies". 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’s also as self-effacing and gutsy as ever. She was diagnosed eight months prior to the announcement and had initially attributed the symptoms she had been experiencing to the aftereffects of shoulder surgery and a tick bite. It included the duets with Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much" (Billboard Hot 100 number 2 hit, Christmas 1989[93]) and "All My Life" (Billboard Hot 100 number 11 hit), both of which were long-running number 1 Adult Contemporary hits. Genealogies of Linda Ronstadt – http://www.geni.com She has three siblings namely, Gretchen Ronstadt, Michael J. Ronstadt, Peter Ronstadt. [187] Mix magazine stated that "Linda Ronstadt (has) left her mark on more than the record business; her devotion to the craft of singing influenced many audio professionals ... (and is) intensely knowledgeable about the mechanics of singing and the cultural contexts of every genre she passes". Linda Ronstadt, 73, is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and winner of lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and Latin Grammys. With the release of Heart Like a Wheel‍—‌named after one of the album's songs, written by Anna McGarrigle‍—‌Ronstadt reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart;[91] it was also the first of four number 1 Country Albums, and the disc was certified double-platinum[92] (over two million copies sold in the U.S.). [185], 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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