Linda Marie Ronstadt

Linda Marie Ronstadt

American rock star
Date of Birth: 15.07.1946
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Linda Ronstadt
  2. Music Career
  3. Albums and Achievements
  4. Broadway and Later Career
  5. Personal Life
  6. Legacy

Biography of Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt, born Linda Maria Ronstadt, was an American singer and songwriter. She was born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Her father, Gilbert Ronstadt, was a car salesman, and her mother, Ruthmary Copeman Ronstadt, was a homemaker. Linda grew up in a family with two brothers and a sister. Her father had Mexican roots, while her mother had Dutch, English, and German ancestry. The Ronstadt family had a significant impact on the history of Arizona, particularly in trade, music, and pharmaceuticals. Interestingly, Linda's maternal grandfather, Lloyd Groff Copeman, was the inventor of the toaster.

Linda Marie Ronstadt

Music Career

Linda Ronstadt's music career began in the 1960s when she became captivated by the rhythms of country and folk music. She started performing publicly as a member of the rock trio 'The Stone Poneys'. By the 1970s, Linda Ronstadt was hailed as the Queen of Country Music and later, after the death of Janis Joplin, she was also called the Queen of Rock Music. During this early period of her career, she toured with artists such as 'The Doors', Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and other young rock stars. Linda's success was immense, and her music was adored by fans. Her solo career and collaborations were destined for success.

Linda Marie Ronstadt

Albums and Achievements

Linda Ronstadt released her first album, 'Hand Sown... Home Grown', in 1969. From 1970 to 1973, she released three more studio albums - 'Silk Purse' (1970), 'Linda Ronstadt' (1971), and 'Don't Cry Now' (1973). Her rock and roll fame led her to appear on the cover of prestigious publications such as 'Rolling Stone', 'Newsweek', and 'Time'. Her albums 'Heart Like a Wheel' (1974), 'Prisoner in Disguise' (1975), 'Hasten Down the Wind' (1976), 'Simple Dreams' (1977), and 'Living in the USA' (1978) all achieved multi-platinum status. Her album 'Mad Love' (1980) also reached platinum sales. By the end of the decade, Linda Ronstadt was unrivaled in the rock scene and was officially recognized as the Queen of Rock and the First Lady of Rock. She won 11 Grammy Awards and received numerous nominations throughout her career.

Linda Marie Ronstadt

Broadway and Later Career

In the 1980s, Linda Ronstadt took an unexpected turn in her career and found success on Broadway. Her slightly altered style, characterized as old-fashioned pop music, quickly gained a new fan base while retaining her loyal followers. Linda continued to release albums and also participated in musical productions such as 'The Pirates of Penzance' and 'Canciones de mi Padre'. She released nearly 30 studio albums, all of which achieved at least gold status. Her total album sales exceeded 100 million copies, establishing her as one of the most successful female rock artists in US history.

Linda Marie Ronstadt

Personal Life

Linda Ronstadt's personal life also garnered public interest. She was once romantically linked to actor Jim Carrey when he was in his early twenties and she was over 35. The public then followed her relationship with California Governor Jerry Brown. Linda was also engaged to renowned filmmaker George Lucas, the creator of 'Star Wars'. She has two adopted children, Carlos (born in 1994) and Mary (born in 1991).

Linda Marie Ronstadt

Legacy

To date, Linda Ronstadt has released around 30 albums, as well as 15 compilation albums and greatest hits collections. Many of her singles have reached the top of the Billboard charts. Her last studio album, 'Hummin' to Myself', was released in 2004. In the following years, official compilations of Linda's work were also released. Linda Ronstadt's contributions to music and her prolific career have solidified her legacy as one of the most successful and influential rock artists of all time.

Linda Marie Ronstadt

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