Linda Ronstadt

Biography

Born: July 15, 1946; Tucson, AZ  
With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt was one of the most popular interpretive singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Ronstadt began her professional career with the Los Angeles folk-rock group the Stone Poneys. Shortly after their first hit "Different Drum," the group disbanded and Ronstadt went solo. She found her voice with her 1971 eponymous third album. Read more Featuring a group of session musicians that would later form the Eagles, the album was laidback country-rock, built around songs by singer/songwriters like Jackson Browne and Eric Anderson. Don't Cry Now (1973) followed the same formula to greater success, yet she perfected it with 1974's Heart Like a Wheel. Thanks to hit covers of "You're No Good," "When Will I Be Loved," and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," the record made her a star. Prisoner in Disguise (1975) and Hasten Down the Wind (1976) were nearly as successful, while she rocked a little harder on 1977's Simple Dreams. She tentatively experimented with New Wave on Living in the U.S.A (1978) and Mad Love (1980). Ronstadt's popularity declined in the early '80s, as 1982's Get Closer failed to go platinum. Afterward, she starred in Broadway and movie productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, which led to a collaboration with Nelson Riddle, who arranged and conducted her 1983 collection of pop standards, What's New. While it received lukewarm reviews, it was a hit, leading to two more albums with Riddle. Ronstadt returned to contemporary pop in 1986, having a number two single with "Somewhere Out There," a duet with James Ingram, followed by the 1987 Trio album with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. That same year, Ronstadt recorded Canciones de mi Padre, a set of traditional Mexican songs. Two years later, she recorded Cry Like a Rainstorm -- Howl Like the Wind -- her first contemporary pop album since 1982's Get Closer.Throughout the '90s, she alternated between adult contemporary and Mexican albums, with the latter earning greater acclaim than the former. Read less
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    Essential Phillip Glass
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191720 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Janice Pendarvis,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Philip Glass,  Douglas Perry  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Riesman,  Michael Reisman,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Glass Ensemble,  Stuttgart State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Best Of Philip Glass
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 705119 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Philip Glass,  Paul Esswood,  Douglas Perry,  Linda Ronstadt  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Riesman,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Christopher Keene,  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Glass Ensemble,  Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra,  Stuttgart State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance / Kline, Ronstadt, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2642 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Patricia Routledge,  Rex Smith,  Linda Ronstadt,  Kevin Kline
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    Cristal - Glass Music Through The Ages / Dennis James
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89047 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fred Schnaubelt,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James,  Véronique Dietschy,  Lawrence Dutton,  Philip Setzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Cuiller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stradivaria Ensemble,  Emerson String Quartet
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    Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance / Kline, Smith, Ronstadt
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 601 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Kevin Kline,  Linda Ronstadt,  Rex Smith
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    Glass: Songs From Liquid Days
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39564 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Linda Ronstadt,  Margaret A. Roche,  Terre Roche,  Suzzy Roche  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Riesman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  The Roches (Folk),  Philip Glass Ensemble
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