Ronstadt a silenced songbird

Linda Ronstadt has revealed that she can no longer sing a note; she has Parkinson’s.

She ushered in a pretty fair era in music in the late ’60s and early’70s, along with James Taylor, Carole King, and the Eagles: folk rock. She was the decade’s highest-paid female singer and it wasn’t because of the high-glitz antics of those who came after her. She just stood in front of a microphone, sang, and created the soundtrack for the lives of baby boomers.

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt told AARP in an interview to be published next week. “No matter how hard you try.”

This would be a perfect weekend to pull out the dusty old Ronstadt albums — every boomer has them — and hook up the turntable again.

  • Bonnie

    argh, this is so sad…and yes she provided the soundtrack for our lives in the seventies for sure

  • KTN

    We have been playing her music for the past couple of hours – just wonderful. And of course I was reminded to her guest appearance, as herself on the Simpsons.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    Ronstadt was THE featured performer in a movie with one of the great soundtracks of all time FM. (Featured among others: Martin Mull, Ellen Burstyn and Cleavon Little.) The station in the story Q-Sky “steals” the live broadcast of her concert from a rival station.