Linda Ronstadt

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Legal name: Linda Maria Ronstadt


Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award, and many of her albums have been certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum in the United States and internationally. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. On July 28, 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at number 2, and "You're No Good" at number 1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single "Blue Bayou" reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much", peaked at number 2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was published in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Ronstadt has collaborated with artists in diverse genres, including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She 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. Christopher Loudon, of Jazz Times, wrote in 2004 that Ronstadt is "blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation."

After completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011. She was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Silk Purse Linda Ronstadt 2
1971 Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt 1
1973 Don’t Cry Now Linda Ronstadt 3
1974 Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt 5
1975 Prisoner in Disguise Linda Ronstadt 4
1976 Hasten Down the Wind Linda Ronstadt 3
1977 Simple Dreams Linda Ronstadt 5
1978 Living in the U.S.A. Linda Ronstadt 4
1980 Mad Love Linda Ronstadt 2
1982 Get Closer Linda Ronstadt 3
1983 What's New Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra 8
1986 'Round Midnight Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra 2
1986 For Sentimental Reasons Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra 1
1987 Trio Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 6
1987 Canciones de mi padre Linda Ronstadt 2
1989 Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville 2
1991 Más canciones Linda Ronstadt 1
1992 Frenesí Linda Ronstadt 2
1993 Winter Light Linda Ronstadt 2
1993 Boleros y rancheras Linda Ronstadt 1
1995 Feels Like Home Linda Ronstadt 1
1996 Dedicated to the One I Love Linda Ronstadt 1
1998 We Ran Linda Ronstadt 1
1998 Trio II Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 2
1999 Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris 2
2000 A Merry Little Christmas Linda Ronstadt 4 1
2004 Hummin’ to Myself Linda Ronstadt 1
2004 Hand Sown… Home Grown Linda Ronstadt 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Different Drum Linda Ronstadt 3
1976 Greatest Hits Linda Ronstadt 7
1977 A Retrospective Linda Ronstadt 1
1980 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Linda Ronstadt 5
1984 Lush Life Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra 2
1998 Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt 1
1998 Required Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt 1
1999 Box Set Linda Ronstadt 2
2002 The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt 3
2004 Jardín Azul / Las Canciones Favoritas Linda Ronstadt 1
2006 The Best of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years Linda Ronstadt 2
2007 The Platinum Collection Linda Ronstadt 1
2009 Original Album Series Linda Ronstadt 1
2010 Linda Ronstadt / Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt 1
2011 The Collection Linda Ronstadt 1
2014 Duets Linda Ronstadt 2
2014 The 70's Studio Album Collection Linda Ronstadt 1
2014 The 80's Collection Linda Ronstadt 1
2015 Just One Look Linda Ronstadt 2
2016 The Complete Trio Collection Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Live at Budokan Linda Ronstadt 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Back In The U.S.A. Linda Ronstadt 1
1978 Ooh Baby Baby / Blowing Away Linda Ronstadt 1
1995 Don't Know Much Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville 1

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