Linda Ronstadt | Biography 2021
Linda Ronstadt | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Linda Ronstadt
  • Occupation Singer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Tucson, Arizona
  • Born Year And Birthday Jul 15, 1956
  • Age 64 Years, 11 Months
  • Did You Know? Linda has two adopted children : daughter Mary and son Carlos. She has said that she "never seriously considered marrying" any of her ex-boyfriends, including Albert Brown, George Lucas and Jerry Brown
First Artist To Top The Pop, Country, And R&B Charts Simultaneously

Linda Ronstadt | Biography 2021

While her fourth solo album 'Don't Cry Now,' released in 1973, was a greater hit but it was his next album Heart Like a Wheel, released in 1974, that launched Linda Ronstadt's career to a bigger audience. Heart Like a Wheel eventually reached number one and sold over two million copies to be deemed as platinum. The album featured the hit covers 'You're No Good,' 'When Will I Be Loved,' and 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore.' 


Quick Information
  • Full Name Linda Ronstadt
  • Occupation Singer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Tucson, Arizona
  • Birth Date Jul 15, 1956
  • Age 64 Years, 11 Months
  • Did You Know? Linda has two adopted children : daughter Mary and son Carlos. She has said that she "never seriously considered marrying" any of her ex-boyfriends, including Albert Brown, George Lucas and Jerry Brown

Linda Maria Ronstadt is a retired American singer who has been performing and recording in various genres, including rock, luminous, and Latin. Her more than 100 albums have been sold worldwide.

Who is Linda Ronstadt?

Linda Ronstadt rose to fame as a solo artist after working with Rock trio Stone Poneys in the 1960s. Heart Like a Wheel, her breakthrough album from 1974, won her the first of her 12 'Grammy Awards.' The singer was praised for her ability to adapt to a wide variety of musical styles, releasing albums that included pop, rock, jazz, and Spanish-language classics. Ronstadt announced in 2011that she was unable to sing due to the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. In 2013, she released her memoir 'Simple Dreams.'

Early life & Bio

Ronstadt was born in Tucson, Arizona, on 15 July 1946. Her father Gilbert Ronstadt was a prominent businessman of German, Mexican, and English ancestry, and her mother Ruth Mary Copeman was of English, German, and Dutch ancestry. Linda grew up singing mariachi songs with her family after dinners in Tucson, about 37 miles from the Mexican border.

From a young age, Ronstadt was paid for singing which was enough to sustain her basic livelihood. She used to perform in a variety of settings, including pizza parlors, beatnik dives, and other oddities.

Ronstadt met local folk musician Bob Kimmel when she was studying at Catalina High School. Kimmel, who was a few years Ronstadt's senior, moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career and sought to persuade Ronstadt to follow the same path. She remained in Tucson and enrolled at the University of Arizona, but she dropped out to join Kimmel in Los Angeles.

In 1967, Ronstadt and Kimmel formed the Stone Poneys with Kenny Edwards, and the folk trio released their first album. The group's second album, Evergreen Vol. 2, was also released in 1967 and was a modest success. 

Solo Career

The two first solo albums of Linda, Hand Sow, Home Grown (1969) and Silk Purse (1970) emphasized her country roots and kept her at the forefront of the emerging country-rock and folk-rock movements in California. 

Ronstadt had become a solo performer by the end of the 1960s. She released several albums, one of which is the core of the group that would become the EAGLES with a number of supporting bands. She made no great effort at first but was nominated for the ballad 'Long, Long Time' in 1971 for the 'Grammy Awards'

While her fourth solo album Don't Cry Now, released in 1973, was a greater hit but it was his next album Heart Like a Wheel, released in 1974, that launched Linda Ronstadt's career to a bigger audience. Heart Like a Wheel eventually reached number one and sold over two million copies to be deemed as platinum. The album featured the hit covers 'You're No Good,' 'When Will I Be Loved,' and 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore.' 

Her sixth album, Prisoner in Disguise, which was released in the fall of 1975 and was almost as popular as Heart Like a Wheel, followed the same trend as her previous two albums. The sixth album was outsold by the seventh, Hasten Down the Wind, which was released in 1976. The album included her version of the Smokey Robinson classic 'The Tracks of My Tear and also a Neil Young cover of 'Love Is a Rose.'

In 1977, her next album, Simple Dreams, featured her famous covers of Buddy Holly's 'It's So Simple,' Warren Zevon's 'Poor Poor Pitiful Me,' and The Rolling Stones' 'Tumbling Dice,' as well as the Roy Orbison-penned 'Blue Bayou.' 

Thereafter, Ronstadt continued to top the charts with Living in the USA (1978), which featured her cover of Smokey Robinson's 'Ooh Baby Baby,' and then with her successful tenth album Mad Love (1979). (1980).

Ronstadt also made the leap to Broadway in 1980, starring in the operetta Pirates of Penzance, for which she was nominated for a 'Tony Award.' Linda also appeared in the film adaptation of the show, which was released after the show's long run on Broadway.

Later career 

She then began her most ambitious project, a collaboration with veteran conductor Nelson Riddle, who organized and conducted her 1983 traditional pop standards album collections, What's New (1983), Lush Life (1984), and For Sentimental Reasons (1985). In 1987, she released the album Trio with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, which produced four massive country hits, including 'To Know Him Is to Love Him' and a remake of Phil Spector's 1958 hit 'The Teddy Bears.' The album spent five weeks at the top of the Country charts, received several music award nominations, and earned a 'Grammy Award' in the category of 'Best Country Performance.' 

In the same year, Ronstadt explored her Hispanic roots by recording Canciones de Mi Padre (1987), a Spanish-language album packed with traditional Mexican songs like the ones her father cherished. In 1989, she won an 'Emmy Award' for her role in the same-named stage show, and she released the multi-platinum album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, which featured the hit duet with American R&B and soul singer Aaron Neville, 'Don't Know Anything.'

Ronstadt then continued to experiment with various musical styles with two more Spanish-language albums, Mas Canciones (1991) and Frenes (1992). In 1996, she released To the One I Love, which was a reinvention of classic rock to lullabies. Linda released her holiday collection A Merry Little Christmas two years later, in 2002.

Her first jazz album, Hummin' to Myself, was released in 2004 on Verve Records and received universal acclaim. She performed a series of pop and rock favorites as children's lullabies, and she collaborated with Ann Savoy on Adieu False Heart (2006).