Linda Maria Ronstadt is a retired American singer who performed and recorded in diverse genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She announced her retirement in 2011 and revealed shortly afterwards that she is no longer able to sing as a result of a degenerative condition later determined to be progressive supranuclear palsy. She has earned 10 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award.
About Linda Ronstadt in brief
Linda Maria Ronstadt is a retired American singer who performed and recorded in diverse genres including rock, country, light opera, and Latin. She has earned 10 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award. Many of her albums have been certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum in the United States and internationally. She announced her retirement in 2011 and revealed shortly afterwards that she is no longer able to sing as a result of a degenerative condition later determined to be progressive supranuclear palsy. She published an autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, in September 2013. A documentary based on her memoirs, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, was released in 2019. 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. She was among the five honorees who received the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements at the annual event on December 8, 2019, in Washington, D. C. She has charted 36 albums, ten top-10 albums, and three number 1 albums on the US Billboard Pop Album Chart. Ronstadt has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Her duet with Aaron Neville, \”Don’t Know Much\”, peaked at number 2 in December 1989. Linda’s great-grandfather, graduate engineer Friedrich August Ronstadt immigrated to the Southwest in the 1840s from Hanover Germany, and eventually settling in Tucson.
In 1991, the City of Tucson opened its central transit terminal and dedicated it to Federico María Ronstadt, a local pioneer, whose early contribution to the city’s mobility included six mule-drawn streetcars delivered in 1903–04. Her mother Ruth Mary was raised in Flint, Michigan, a prolific inventor and holder of many patents, including the early form of the flexible ice cube tray, and invented the microwave oven. Her father came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family and was of German, English, and Mexican ancestry. She married a married a Mexican citizen, married a German citizen, and had four children. She is the third of four children of Gilbert Ronstadt, a prosperous machinery merchant who ran the F.M. Ronstadt Co., and Ruth Mary Ronstadt. The family was featured in Family Circle magazine in 1953. The family’s influence on and contributions to Arizona’s history, including wagon making, commerce, pharmacies, and music, are chronicled in the library of the University of Arizona. In 2011, she released her last full-length album in 2004 and performed her last live concert in 2009. She released a collection of greatest hits albums, including 15 compilation or greatest Hits albums. In 2012, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.