Linda Ronstadt is an American singer and actress. I grew up singing Mexican music, and that's based on indigenous Mexican rhythms. "[174], On January 16, 2010, Ronstadt converged with thousands of other activists in a "National Day of Action". After living in Los Angeles for 30 years, Ronstadt moved to San Francisco because she said she never felt at home in Southern California. But needing someone willing to work with her as an equal, Ronstadt asked Peter Asher, who came highly recommended to her by James Taylor's sister Kate Taylor, to help produce two of them: "Sail Away" and "I Believe in You".[73]. Working with Ronstadt, Riddle brought his career back into focus in the last three years of his life. Ronstadt incorporated the sounds of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Tower of Power horns, the Skywalker Symphony, and numerous musicians. A smile lit her face and Linda Ronstadt glowed with pride as she watched an ensemble of young musicians performing during a cultural exchange trip to Mexico. She set records as one of the top-grossing concert artists of the decade. Her amazing ability to go from rock and roll, country and pop, to opera, Mexican music, the Great American Songbook and sweet soul ballads. That's it. She returned to her rock 'n' roll roots with vivid interpretations of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Doc Pomus, Bob Dylan, and John Hiatt. As for the singles, Rolling Stone pointed out that a whole generation, "but for her, might never have heard the work of artists such as Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello, and Chuck Berry. In 2007, Ronstadt contributed to the compilation album We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song – a tribute album to jazz music's all-time most heralded artist – on the track "Miss Otis Regrets".[143]. This remains her most recent commercially available recording as lead vocalist. I really think that you're just hard-wiring (synapses) in your brain up until the age of maybe 12 or 10, and there are certain things you can't learn in an authentic way after that. [68], Soon after she went solo in the late 1960s, one of her first backing bands was the pioneering country-rock band Swampwater, which combined Cajun and swamp-rock elements in their music. rcel.src = "//""&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+encodeURIComponent(referer); Both albums were later deleted from the Elektra/Asylum catalog. 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. Toward the end of the show, as she had done across the country, Ronstadt spoke to the audience, praising Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore's documentary film about the Iraq War; she dedicated the song "Desperado" to Moore. [38] She had six platinum-certified albums, three of which were number 1 on the Billboard album chart, and numerous charted pop singles. Linda Ronstadt is one of the 2019 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, airing on Sunday, December 15 at 8/7c on CBS.The honor celebrates Ronstadt’s lifetime … Each one has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for over three million copies sold. Asylum pulled the "Love Is a Rose" single and issued "Heat Wave" with "Love Is a Rose" on the B-side. [96] Simple Dreams also made Ronstadt the most successful international female touring artist. rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; [75] Since her solo career had begun, Ronstadt had fought hard to be recognized as a solo female singer in the world of rock, and her portrayal on the Time cover did not appear to help the situation.[68]. Asher noted, "Anyone who's met Linda for 10 seconds will know that I couldn't possibly have been her Svengali. 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. Growing up, she listened to many types of music, including Mexican music, which was sung by her entire family and was a staple in her childhood. In 1984, Ronstadt and Riddle performed these songs live, in concert halls throughout Australia, Japan, and the United States, including multi-night performances at historic venues Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Pine Knob. In 2010, Ronstadt contributed the arrangement and lead vocal to "A La Orilla de un Palmar" on the Chieftains' studio album San Patricio (with Ry Cooder). In 1980, Greatest Hits, Volume 2 was released and certified platinum.[92]. "[85] Signaling her wide popularity as a concert artist, outside of the singles charts and the recording studio, Dirty Linen magazine describes her as the "first true woman rock 'n' roll superstar ... (selling) out stadiums with a string of mega-successful albums. During her four-decade-long career, singer Linda Ronstadt seems to have covered it all: country, rock and roll, pop, jazz, opera, Broadway standards, big band and songs influenced by Mexican … "[65] In 1974 she told Peter Knobler in Crawdaddy, "People are always taking advantage of you; everybody that's interested in you has got an angle. [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. The album design for What's New by designer Kosh was unlike any of her previous disc covers. On November 25, 1982, her "Happy Thanksgiving Day" concert was held at the Reunion Arena in Dallas and broadcast live via satellite to NBC radio stations in the United States. Linda Ronstadt, Retired From Singing, Is Still a Glorious Voice The 73-year-old is the subject of a new documentary and a Kennedy Center honoree. Ronstadt researched and extracted from the favorites she had learned from her father Gilbert and she called her album by the same name as her aunt's booklet and as a tribute to her father and his family. In 2009, in honor of Ronstadt, the Martin Guitar Company made a 00–42 model "Linda Ronstadt Limited Edition" acoustic guitar. [4][15] In 2019, she received a star jointly with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their work as the group Trio. "The (Mariachi music) was my father's side of the soul," she was quoted as saying in a 1998 interview she gave at her Tucson home. [50], At age 14, Ronstadt formed a folk trio with her brother Peter and sister Gretchen. [34], Her mother Ruth Mary, of German, English, and Dutch ancestry, was raised in Flint, Michigan. With fair skin and a German surname, her Mexican heritage wasn’t always apparent. It was climbing the pop and country charts but "Heat Wave", a rockified version of the 1963 hit by Martha and the Vandellas, was receiving considerable airplay. The effort was certified Gold (over 500,000 copies sold) and won them a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the track. (I obtained) enough clout and ... after years and years of making commercial records, I was entitled to experiment ... the success of the (Nelson Riddle albums) ... entitled me to try the Mexican stuff. 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. [137] In fact, in 1976, Ronstadt had collaborated with her father to write and compose a traditional Mexican folk ballad, "Lo siento mi vida" – a song that she included on Hasten Down the Wind. Ronstadt's second solo album, Silk Purse, was released in March 1970. The biggest stars are male, and so are the back-up musicians ... rock beats are ... phallic, and lyrics ... masculine. [177], Ronstadt has also been outspoken on environmental and community issues. The family was featured in Family Circle magazine in 1953. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Ronstadt's private life became increasingly public. Souther producing most of the album's tracks. The film also showed Ronstadt performing the songs "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me", "Love Me Tender", and "Tumbling Dice". It's sort of like 6/8 time signature ... very hard driving and very intense. Show some grace". Ronstadt's interpretation peaked at number 2 on the country chart. Three years later, she ranked number 40 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music. When she met the opera superstar Beverly Sills, she was told, "My dear, every soprano in the world wants to play Mimi!" Singer Linda Ronstadt has called President Donald Trump the "new Hitler" and said that "Mexicans are the new Jews," adding that she believes separating children from adults at the border is a "violation of human rights laws." Swampwater went on to back Ronstadt during TV appearances on The Johnny Cash Show[70] and The Mike Douglas Show, and at the Big Sur Folk Festival. Ethnicity: *father – Mexican [Spanish, possibly other], one quarter German, one eighth English, 1/16th Italian *mother – English, German, Dutch. Image of Linda Ronstadt reclining on a porch railing in Los Angeles, California, 1974. In 1996, Ronstadt produced Dedicated to the One I Love, an album of classic rock and roll songs reinvented as lullabies. 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. Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind became one of the singer's most successful albums – in production, arrangements, sales, and critical acclaim. Now, with the release of Linda and the Mockingbirds (Shout! Ronstadt appointed the Land Institute as recipient of all proceeds from her signature guitar. Most of Ronstadt's albums are certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. In general when you fall in love with an artist and their music, the plan is a fairly simple one. "My mother's side of my soul was the Nelson Riddle stuff. It's just not me and it never was me. In 1978 alone, she made over $12 million[29] (equivalent to $44,000,000 in 2016 dollars)[110] and in the same year her albums sales were reported to be 17 million – grossing over $60 million[111] (equivalent to a gross of over $220,000,000, in 2016 dollars). [113], She also made the cover of Rolling Stone for a record-setting sixth time. Later, as a solo artist, she released Hand Sown ... Home Grown in 1969, which has been described as the first alternative country record by a female recording artist. Ronstadt has said she wants to sing in places similar to the theatre of ancient Greece, where the attention is focused on the stage and the performer. She has three siblings namely, Gretchen Ronstadt, Michael J. Ronstadt, Peter Ronstadt. [170], In 2007, Ronstadt resided in San Francisco while also maintaining her home in Tucson. The album was also a nominee for overall Album of the Year, in the company of Michael Jackson, U2, Prince, and Whitney Houston. [37][38][39][40] Referred to as the "First Lady of Rock"[29][41] and the "Queen of Rock", Ronstadt was voted the Top Female Pop Singer of the 1970s. "It must be a lot harder to have objective conversations about someone's career when it's someone you sleep with", he said. Since leaving Warner Music, Ronstadt has gone on to release one album each under Verve and Vanguard Records. A commercial failure, the album stood at 57,897 copies sold at the time of its deletion in 2008. It peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Album Chart. [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. It was fueled by a relationship with then-Governor of California Jerry Brown, a Democratic presidential candidate. Margarita was Mexican, the daughter of José María Redondo y Gortari, whose father was Spanish and whose mother was Italian, and of Antonia Jesusita/Jesus Vasquez. She never categorized herself and stuck to her genre-crossing brand of music.[78]. Linda’s great-grandmother Maria was also of Mexican origin, the daughter of Francisco Vasquez and Maria Concepcion/Consepcion “Chona” Suastegui/Saustegui. [45][46] Having sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide[47] and setting records as one of the top-grossing concert performers for over a decade, Ronstadt was the most successful female singer of the 1970s and stands as one of the most successful female recording artists in U.S. history. In January 1986, the three eventually did make their way into the recording studio, where they spent the next several months working. Its members included Cajun fiddler Gib Guilbeau and John Beland, who later joined the Flying Burrito Brothers,[69] as well as Stan Pratt, Thad Maxwell, and Eric White, brother of Clarence White of the Byrds. 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. I'm scared to death all the way through my own shows. Rolling Stone put Ronstadt on its cover in March 1975. [90] The disc's first single release was "Love Is A Rose". In 1982, Ronstadt released the album Get Closer, a primarily rock album with some country and pop music as well. The album featured a sexy, revealing cover shot and showcased Ronstadt the singer-songwriter, who composed two of its songs, "Try Me Again" (co-authored with Andrew Gold) and "Lo Siento Mi Vida". [157] Speaking of finding an acceptable mate, in 1974 she told Peter Knobler in Crawdaddy, "... he's real kind but isn't inspired musically and then you meet somebody else that's just so inspired musically that he just takes your breath away but he's such a moron, such a maniac that you can't get along with him. In an August 14, 2007, interview, she commented on all her well-publicized, outspoken views, in particular the Aladdin incident, by noting, "If I had it to do over I would be much more gracious to everyone ... you can be as outspoken as you want if you are very, very respectful. With this in mind, Ronstadt fuses country and rock into a special union. And I had to do them both to reestablish who I was. But I wouldn't choose to show a picture like that to anybody who didn't know me personally, because only friends could get the other sides of me in balance. Music legend Linda Ronstadt honors her Mexican roots — and has a lot to say about our politics. Music is meant to lighten your load. "I'm Not Good at Doing What I'm Told, "Songbird Sisters: South Louisiana's Ann Savoy teams up with pop icon Linda Ronstadt for their new CD, Adieu False Heart", "Everlasting Linda (Interview 17 June 1998 in Tucson, AZ)", "14:Ronstadt and Mellencamp: The Search for Roots", "The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt, September 24, 2002", "Linda Ronstadt: Why Is She the Queen of Lonely? The single's rollicking, fiddle-infused flip side, "Walk On", returned Ronstadt to the Country Singles chart for the first time since 1983. [55], Media related to Linda Ronstadt at Wikimedia Commons. Ronstadt has released 24 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. [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. Along with other musicians such as the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Swampwater, Neil Young, and the Eagles, she helped free country music from stereotypes and showed rockers that country was okay. [54], A self-described product of American radio of the 1950s and 1960s, Ronstadt is a fan of its eclectic and diverse music programming. Linda’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Dawn Berger (the daughter of Charles Henry Berger and Adelaide M. Bowman). Establishing her professional career in the mid-1960s at the forefront of California's emerging folk rock and country rock movements – genres which defined post-1960s rock music – Ronstadt joined forces with Bobby Kimmel and Kenny Edwards and became the lead singer of a folk-rock trio, the Stone Poneys. March 7, 2016, Ethnicity: [67] According to her, it was difficult to get a band of backing musicians because of their ego problem of being labeled sidemen for a female singer. It became Ronstadt's tenth Top 10 album on the Billboard chart, reaching number 7 and being certified triple-platinum[92] (over three million copies sold in the U.S.). She has also scored two number 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and two number 1 hits on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Plow" and sang a duet, "Funny How Time Slips Away," with Homer Simpson on The Yellow Album. [149] She produced Cristal – Glass Music Through the Ages, an album of classical music using glass instruments with Dennis James, where she sang on several of the arrangements. [116] Newsweek was effusive in its praise: "... she has not dodged the coloratura demands of her role (and Mabel is one of the most demanding parts in the G&S canon): from her entrance trilling 'Poor Wand'ring One,' it is clear that she is prepared to scale whatever soprano peaks stand in her way. Read more: Is_Linda_Ronstadt_Mexican 0 0 1 I said 'Yes.' [156] "Los Angeles became too enclosing an environment", she says. [146], As of 2019, Ronstadt has earned three number 1 pop albums, 10 top-ten pop albums and 38 charting pop albums on the Billboard Pop Album Charts. Her success however did not translate across the Atlantic to the UK. [49], Ronstadt has remarked that everything she has recorded on her own records – rock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel, opera, country, choral, and mariachi – is all music she heard her family sing in their living room, or heard played on the radio, by the age of 10. Along with the release of her Get Closer album, Ronstadt embarked on a North American tour, remaining one of the top rock-concert draws that summer and fall. Ronstadt was also featured in the 1978 film FM, where the plot involved disc jockeys attempting to broadcast a Ronstadt concert live, without a competing station's knowledge. The album was released in September 1983 and spent 81 weeks on the Billboard Album Chart and held the number three position for a month and a half (held out of the top spot only by Michael Jackson's Thriller and Lionel Richie's Can't Slow Down) and the RIAA certified it triple platinum[92] (over three million copies sold in the U.S. alone). The album harkened back to Ronstadt's country-rock and folk-rock heyday. In 1991, she released Mas Canciones, a follow-up to the first Canciones. In 2008 Australia's Raven Records released a compilation CD titled The Stone Poneys. [74], Author Andrew Greeley, in his book God in Popular Culture, described Ronstadt as "the most successful and certainly the most durable and most gifted woman Rock singer of her era. I don't record (any type of genre of music) that I didn't hear in my family's living room by the time I was 10. In February 1980, Ronstadt released Mad Love, her seventh consecutive platinum-selling album. Their promotion, like most of her albums in the 1990s, was a quieter affair, with Ronstadt making only a limited number of appearances to promote them. ", "Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt Getting Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame", "Powerful Country Women Getting Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame", "Disc 2, October 1969: Featuring Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Billy Eckstine, Mort Sahl, and Sid Caesar, God Bless the Child Linda Ronstadt and Billy Eckstine Duet", "Linda Ronstadt Guest Appearances and Unique Recordings",, "Borderman: Memoirs of Federico José María Ronstadt",, " Prolific U.S. [166] Accounts say the crowd's initial reaction was mixed, with "half the crowd heartily applauding her praise for Moore, (and) the other half booing. [127], Ronstadt's recording output in the 1980s proved to be just as commercially and critically successful as her 1970s recordings. "[120] By 1983, her estimated worth was over $40 million[121] mostly from records, concerts and merchandising. Which makes Linda 1/8 or 12½% Mexican. 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. [92] Ronstadt became music's first major touring female artist to sell out sizeable venues; she was also the top-grossing solo female concert artist for the 1970s. Linda Ronstadt could sing it all. Ronstadt provided the vocals for some commercials during this period, including one for Remington electric razors, in which a multitracked Ronstadt and Frank Zappa claimed that the electric razor "cleans you, thrills you ... may even keep you from getting busted".[61]. Linda’s paternal grandfather was Frederico/Frederick Jose Maria Augustus Ronstadt (the son of Friedrich/Friederich August Ronstadt and Margarita Redondo y Vasquez). The artwork won its art director, Kosh, his second Grammy Award for Best Album Package. Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a retired American singer who performed and recorded in diverse genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. Linda's paternal grandfather, Frederico Jose Maria Ronstadt, was born in Banamichi, Sonora, Mexico, to a German father, Friederich August Ronstadt, and a Mexican mother, Margarita Redondo y Vasquez, who also had Spanish and Italian ancestry. Growing up, she listened to many types of music, including Mexican music, which was sung by her entire family and was a staple in her childhood. var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_b42b6d"); [153] From the end of 1983 to 1988, Ronstadt was engaged to Star Wars director George Lucas. However, as early as 1970, Ronstadt was being criticized by music "purists" for her "brand of music" which crossed many genres. "Home Grown". Other participants included Miles Davis, Lenny Kravitz, Hall & Oates, Natalie Cole, Yoko Ono, and Sean Lennon. On September 23, 2007, she was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, along with Stevie Nicks, Buck Owens, and filmmaker Steven Spielberg. "[52] She also drew influence from country singer Hank Williams. But being on the road took its toll both emotionally and professionally. The result, Trio, which they had conceived ten years earlier, was released in March 1987. [150] In 1999, Ronstadt also produced the Grammy Award-winning Trio II. It remains her only album between 1975 and 1990 not to be officially certified platinum. [163][164] In late 2019, it was reported that her doctors have revised their diagnosis and instead believe Ronstadt has progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease that is commonly mistaken for Parkinson's due to the similarity of the symptoms. [145] In July 2019, Ronstadt was selected as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Leibovitz had refused to let them veto any of the photos, which included one of Ronstadt sprawled across a bed in her underpants. ... You exorcise that emotion ... and diminish sadness and feel joy. Ronstadt has also credited Mexican singer Lola Beltrán as an influence on her own singing style, and she recalls how a frequent guest to the Ronstadt home, Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero, father of Chicano music, would often serenade her as a child.[49]. For this album, she won a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. 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