Linda Ronstadt Part One
Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American popular music singer known for singing in a wide range of genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She has earned 10 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 GoldenGlobe 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. On July 28, 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities. In 2019, she will receive a joint star with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their work as the group Trio.
Ronstadt in 1976
Linda Maria Ronstadt
July 15, 1946 ( age 72).
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actress, activist.
Capitol, Asylum, Verve, Rhino.
The Stone Poneys, Eagles, Joseph Byrd, Aaron Neville, Dolly Parton, Neil Young,Swampwater, Emmylou Harris, Nelson Riddle, Jackson Browne.
In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatesthits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at number 2, and “You‘re No Good“ at number 1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single “Blue Bayou“reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much“, peaked at number 2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted 36 albums,10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was published in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Ronstadt has collaborated with artists in diverse genres, including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Carla Bley (Escalator Over the Hill), Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has sold more than 100million records, making her one of the world‘s best-selling artists of all time. Christopher Loudon, of Jazz Times, wrote in 2004 that Ronstadt is“blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation.“
After completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011. She was diagnosed with Parkinson‘s disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.
Linda Maria Ronstadt was born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, the third of four children of Gilbert Ronstadt (1911— 1995), a prosperous machinery merchant who ran the F. Ronstadt Co., and Ruth Mary (Copeman) Ronstadt (1914— 1982), a homemaker.
Ronstadt was raised on the family‘s 10-acre (4 ha) ranch with her siblings Peter(who served as Tucson‘s Chief of Police for 10 years, 1981— 1991), Michael J.,and Gretchen (Suzy). The family was featured in Family Circle magazine in 1953.
Linda‘s father came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family and was of German, English, and Mexican ancestry. The family‘s influence on and contributions to Arizona‘s history, including wagon making, commerce, pharmacies, and music, are chronicled in the library of the University of Arizona. Linda Ronstadt‘s great-grandfather, graduate engineer Friedrich August Ronstadt (who went by Federico Augusto Ronstadt) immigrated to the Southwest (then a part of Mexico) in the 1840s from Hanover, Germany, and married a Mexican citizen, eventually settling in Tucson. In 1991, the City of Tucson opened its central transit terminal on March 16 and dedicated it to Linda‘s grandfather,Federico José María Ronstadt, a local pioneer businessman; he was a wagon maker whose early contribution to the city‘s mobility included six mule-drawn streetcars delivered in 1903— 04.
Her mother Ruth Mary, of German, English, and Dutch ancestry, was raised in Flint, Michigan. She was a daughter of Lloyd Groff Copeman, a prolific inventor andholder of many patents. Copeman, with nearly 700 patents to his name, invented anearly form of the toaster, many refrigerator devices, the grease gun, the firstelectric stove, and an early form of the microwave oven. His flexible rubber icecube tray earned him millions of dollars in royalties.