Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt6 posts
10 Apr, 2014

Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ronstadt is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the 29th induction ceremony.

It wasn’t anything I ever thought about. I never thought of myself as a rock’ n’ roll singer; I sang it, (but) it’s just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff. I didn’t go the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either. I don’t have anything against it; you just don’t do things for those reasons. If you’re working for prizes, you’re in trouble. There’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t mind it. It’s just not anything I ever gave a thought to.

The Eagles' Glenn Frey inducts Linda Ronstadt into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: His Complete Speech

27 Aug, 2013

Parkinson’s diagnosis

Illness

After struggling with symptoms of the disease for nearly eight years Ronstadt is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She says the disease has stopped her singing:

I can’t sing a note. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist…In fact, I couldn’t sing for the last five or six years I appeared on stage, but I kept trying. I kept thinking, ‘What if I tried singing upside down? Or standing on my head? Or while juggling? [Laughs] Maybe I’d be able to sing better then.’ So I didn’t know why I couldn’t sing — all I knew was that it was muscular, or mechanical. Then, when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I was finally given the reason.

22 Feb, 1989

Wins Grammy

Grammy

Ronstadt wins the Grammy for Best Mexican-American Performance for Canciones De Mi Padre.

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