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Linda Ronstadt Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction. Linda Ronstadt Duets More than fifteen years too late, and more than a decade after I stopped caring, the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally allowed the membership to consider Linda Ronstadt. The collective members were wise enough to induct Linda in her first year to be nominated. Citing health reasons, Linda was unable to attend, but several great artists played tribute to Linda at the induction ceremony- Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, and Carrie Underwood, who performed a smashing version of "Different Drum." Click on the image to the left to see a news story of the event, and hear some kind words from Emmylou Harris and Glenn Frey. Come back here for news of the HBO special airing in late May.

A collection of Linda Ronstadt duets was released on April 8. For full details of this release or to order this album, click on the image to the right.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS honors HEART LIKE A WHEEL
Linda Ronstadt's classic album Heart Like a Wheel is among 25 recordings selected for long-term preservation in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. You can read more about this in this article from AP, and in this article from the Los Angeles Times.

A new, remastered version of the album Heart Like a Wheel is now available. The album has been remastered by Linda's long-time collaborator John Boylan in an artistic tri-fold package. Two bonus cuts are added to the album, mono versions of the hit singles You're No Good and When Will I Be Loved, originally mastered for AM radio. This album is available now from CD Universe.

Simple Dreams- A Musical Memoir

Linda Ronstadt's memoir, titled Simple Dreams, was released on September 17, 2013. Hardcover format in English is priced at $26.00 retail, with the ebook priced at $12.99. Also available will be a Spanish language trade paperback at $15 and the Spanish-language ebook for $10.93. The book will also be available in audio format on six CDs, unabridged, read by Linda Ronstadt. The audiobook has not yet been released.

Support your independent local bookstore, but if you can't do that, these titles can be ordered from online publishers.

Purchase link:     Barnes and Noble


LINDA RONSTADT: THE POWER OF MUSIC at GRACE CATHEDRAL
On February 10, Linda Ronstadt discussed the power of music and other topics at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. To listen to or download this one-hour program, click on the Cathedral Logo to the right.

Current Linda Ronstadt News
A TV program from the past featuring Linda Ronstadt is now available on DVD for the first time. Originally produced for PBS's Great Performances Series, La Pastorela is a musical retelling of the shepherd's journey to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child. We see the tale through the eyes of a modern young girl, the oldest child in a large rural Tex-Mex family. During a surrealistic dream, which brings to mind "The Wizard of Oz," the young chicana makes a fantastical journey with the shepherds and along the way witnesses the triumph of God's Angels over Satan's diablo's. This DVD was released November 6, 2012 and is available now from CD Universe.
 

Linda Ronstadt was honored with the Lifetime Achivement Award from the Latin Recording Academy. The award was presented November 9, 2011 at a special ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. According to their press release:

Ten-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt is one of the '70s most popular interpretive singers and has released more than 30 solo albums, 15 compilations and greatest hits albums, with several reaching certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum status. Released in 1987, her first all-Spanish album, Canciones De Mi Padre, stands as the best-selling non-English-language album in U.S. music history. Nicknamed the Queen of Rock, Ronstadt has recorded in several genres such as jazz, R&B, gospel, opera, country, choral, tropical, and mariachi. Additionally,she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Rosemary Clooney, Billy Eckstine, Philip Glass, Flaco Jiménez, the Chieftains, and Dolly Parton. She currently devotes time to her family and continues to support many Hispanic social causes.
 

The movie version of Linda Ronstadt's Broadway debut in Pirates of Penzance is now available on DVD for the first time ever. This is the widescreen motion picture version (see image to the right), not to be confused with the crudely filmed stage version which is also available on DVD. This movie is available now from CD Universe by clicking on the image to the left. When you purchase through this website, all webpage earnings will go to benefit Grassroots Acoustica (see information below). Thanks to your purchases through this website, $1020.09 has been donated to Grassroots Acoustica.



 


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No other vocalist has had a more diversified career than Linda Ronstadt. She began her career in the mid-1960s with the folk-rock group the Stone Poneys. After the break-up of the Stone Poneys, Linda entered the country music field. In 1969, with the release of Hand Sown... Home Grown, Linda became the first female singer to release an alt-country album.

Linda achieved her greatest commercial success in the mid-1970s when she became the first female rock superstar and the top-selling female vocalist for that decade. During this period, she became widely known as The Queen of Rock  and The Queen of Country Rock.   Achieving superstardom during the '70s, Linda went on to sell an even greater number of albums in the '80s than she did in the '70s.

Her long string of platinum albums continued throughout the '80s with several varied projects. These included three albums of standards with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, an album of mariachi standards, and a trio project with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. She ended the decade with a return to popular music featuring her duets with Aaron Neville.  

Linda's success extended into the '90s as well, starting off with a Grammy win for Don't Know Much and ending the decade with a Grammy nomination for Western Wall and a win with Trio II. Other Grammy-winning projects during the 1990s included another album of Mexican canciones, an album of Latin music, and a best-selling album of rock classics redone as lullabies. During this same time, she produced some of the best pop/rock music of her career with Winter Light, Feels Like Home, and her last rock album We Ran. Linda began the new millennium with her first Christmas album, A Merry Little Christmas. This was followed by an album of classic jazz standards, Hummin' to Myself.    Linda's current album is Adieu False Heart, an album of duets with Cajun artist Ann Savoy.

LINDA RONSTADT / HEART LIKE A WHEEL re-issue


Raven Records has re-issued two classic Linda Ronstadt albums on one CD. This release pairs the 1972 album Linda Ronstadt with the 1974 album Heart Like A Wheel.

Three bonus cuts have been included in the package- Can It Be True (from the soundtrack of Marriage of a Young Stockbroker), He Darked the Sun, and the previously unreleased on CD track Living Like A Fool.

This CD is available now from CD Universe.
Linda Ronstadt honorary doctorate
On May 9, 2009, Linda Ronstadt received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. Commencement speaker Smokey Robinson addressed more than 850 Berklee graduates and 4000 invited guests. For more information, check this website.

Linda Ronstadt supports funding for the Arts
Linda Ronstadt, Josh Groban and Wynton Marsalis recently spoke before a Congressional committe on behalf of funding for the arts. In response to many emails about Linda's appearance, I have made available here the complete text of Linda's speech on March 31, 2009.

Five CD albums - 5 disc set - NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN

Five platinum and multi-platinum Linda Ronstadt albums from the '70s and '80s have been combined into one package for an extremely attractive price. These CDs are packaged in thin cardboard sleeves that look like mini-LPs. If these classics are missing from your collection, here is a chance to grab them all at one time. Ignore the review-- there is no problem with the sound quality of this re-issue. Albums included are:
  • Prisoner in Disguise
  • Simple Dreams
  • Living in the USA
  • Mad Love
  • Cry Like a Rainstorm Howl Like the Wind

    You can check out the details at CD Universe.


  • Heart Like A Wheel - remastered Gold CD

    Linda Ronstadt's breakthrough 1974 album Heart Like a Wheel has been remastered by Steve Hoffman and released on CD by Audio Fidelity. This is a limited edition numbered 24K gold issue of what is certainly one of the greatest albums of the rock era. This audiophile release is SOLD OUT and unavailable CD Universe.

    Instead of paying a ransom for this fine out-of-print release, I would recommend this most recent remastered version.




    SIMPLE DREAMS / HASTEN DOWN THE WIND / PRISONER IN DISGUISE / DON'T CRY NOW



    Linda's classic 1977 album Simple Dreams has been remastered by Mobile Fidelity and will be reissued as a limited edition 24K gold CD. This title is available now from CD Universe.

    This title joins Mobile Fidelity's other reissues of Don't Cry Now, Prisoner in Disguise, and Hasten Down the Wind.

    SIMPLE DREAMS and PRISONER IN DISGUISE are currently SOLD OUT.
     
    On Sunday, August 17th, Linda Ronstadt received an award at the ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Awards. ALMA was formed in 1995 to honor Hispanic performers and promote positive images of Hispanics in entertainment. This year Placido Domingo presented Linda the Trailblazer Award for her contributions to American Music. The ceremony was televised September 12th on the ABC television network.

    The 15-minute presentation has been posted on YouTube. Click the photo at the left to view the clips.


     


     


    Linda Ronstadt poses with dancers from Los Cenzontles.  June 2, 2008
    Photo by Los Cenzontles.
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    Linda Ronstadt sings with David Hidalgo
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    Grammy-nominated current album available now

    Linda Ronstadt's recent collaboration with Cajun music artist Ann Savoy on "Adieu False Heart" was nominated for two Grammy awards. In addition to being nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album (Bruce Springsteen won), this project was also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

    The duo shares vocal duties on "Walk Away Renee." The Left Banke's original version peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966 and was a No. 14 hit for the Four Tops two years later.

    Elsewhere on "Adieu False Heart," Ronstadt takes the lead on versions of Richard Thompson's "King of Bohemia," Julie Miller's "I Can't Get Over You" and John Jacob Niles' "Go Away From My Window." Savoy, meanwhile, sings lead on Thompson's "Burn's Supper," Arthur Smith's "Adieu False Heart," David L. Greely's "Marie Mouri" and Bill Monroe's "The One I Love Is Gone."

    Musicians include Joel Savoy (acoustic guitar, fiddle), Sam Broussard, Chas Justus (acoustic guitar), Sam Bush (mandolin), Andrea Zonn (violin), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Krista Wilkinson (viola), Kristin Wilkinson (strings), Dirk Powell (harmonica, accordion, bass guitar) and Byron House (upright bass).

    This album is available from CD Universe.

    Here are some sample tracks from the CD:

  • Adieu False Heart
  • I Can't Get Over You
  • King of Bohemia
  • Go Away From My Window
  • Burns' Supper
  • Rattle My Cage
  • Too Old To Die Young
  • Walk Away Renee


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    Linda Ronstadt at Mariachi Festival


     


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