Music history will be made next week as Linda Ronstadt and her successful music career reach a milestone. She will be inducted to the Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week but she will not be able to attend due to health issues. The legendary star will also be featured in Rhino’s special album Duets, a collection of collaborations. Other artists featured in this upcoming disc include James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Don Henley, and more. Her contributions on this album include Somewhere Out There with James Ingram and Pretty Bird with Laurie Lewis- the latter of which is new. The country-pop singer has been involved in pop music for almost 40 years as a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer.
She told Billboard that she is not disappointed that she cannot attend the upcoming ceremony. She explained, “It’s very hard for me to travel. I can’t travel very easily. I have to save traveling for things I really have to do. I have to spend a certain amount of time visiting my family, and I have to spend a little bit of time doing things that are professional. But I just can’t travel casually. it’s too hard.”
Ronstadt and her successful music career got a start in the mid-sixties when she joined The Stone Poneys with Kenny Edwards and Bobby Kimmel. The trio remained active for only three years and produced only one hit song Different Drum. A few years later, she went solo with her first album Hand Sown…..Home Grown. This album was considered one of the first alternative country records recorded by a female artist. She also contributed music to several commercials and Music From Free Creek, the latter of which she recorded two tracks including He Darked the Sun and Living Like a Fool.
In 1970, Linda Ronstadt released her second album Silk Purse. Unlike her music with the Stone Poneys, this album was more country than folk-music. This album included her renditions of The Shirelles’ hit Will You Love Me Tomorrow? and Hank Williams’ Lovesick Blues. A few years later, she released her third album which was self-titled. Before she recorded the album, she had her guitarist Glenn Frey assembled a band for touring which included record producer John Boylan Sneaky Pete Kleinow from the Flying Burrito Brothers.
Her fourth album, which was titled Don’t Cry Now, debuted in the latter half of 1973 and peaked on the Billboard charts at number 45. This was the highest peak in her music career, and it spent over a year on the charts. Highlights of this album include Desperado, Silver Threads and Golden Needles, and Sail Away. Linda Ronstadt recorded a total of 16 studio albums, her final album Adieu False Heart was released eight years ago.
As a key icon in the music industry, Ronstadt won numerous awards for her songs and albums including 11 Grammy Awards, a Latin Grammy Award, and two Academy of Country awards. She was also inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007 for her impact in the state’s culture. Linda Ronstadt and her successful music career is recognized and respected.
Opinion by Anna Peel