The inspiration for this article was prompted by a new interview in this week’s New Yorker Magazine, entitled Linda Ronstadt Has Found Another Voice. Dishonorable to feature emerging new artists, like Americana star, Courtney Marie Andrews (sounds like a young Linda Ronstadt), without returning to the original voice. Many young ones born in the 90’s and early 2000’s, reared on autotune enhanced pop vocalists, are seeking genuine voices, like Pink. Eventually, and with Linda’s incomparable voice consequentially, they make their way back to Linda Ronstadt.
In my view, no one could touch Linda in her day, and no one can today. There are other great female vocalists who can belt out a power ballad (Christina, Whitney, Mariah, etc.) but Linda had something special, something the others lack; restraint-see control. She could raise the power level when melody demanded but could convey emotion quietly when bigness was not necessary. Serving the emotion of the song-telling the story was paramount. Her voice was always controlled, yet poignantly emotive. She is one of the greats. And in her humility, a natural star.
Words and Music by Gary White
Recorded by Linda Ronstadt 1970
Included in her album “Silk Purse” was a recording of a song Gary White himself wrote, and Linda had to persuade her record company to get the ballad “Long, Long Time” on the album, which in due course, proved to be Linda Ronstadt’s first chart single
Linda Ronstadt In Atlanta 1977 07 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Linda Ronstadt-Don Lane Show 27th October 1983
Love this interview for the frankness, humility, grace, and freely expressed unbridled opinions. No controversy here, just honesty and an accurate assessment of the hypocrisy of the world, not to mention, Rupert Murdoch.
Rare Linda Ronstadt 1970s interview talks about The Eagles
Published on Oct 23, 2018 YouTube
Full Dvd available at 70s-tv.com. Title is Linda Ronstadt: Rare TV Appearances. Packed with long forgotten footage of her in her prime.
Release date: September 6, 2019
Since bursting onto the music scene in 1967, Linda Ronstadt has been an icon for more than 50 years. Her extraordinary vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk ballads, American standards, classic Mexican music, and soul. As the most popular female recording artist of the 1970s – with songs like “You’re No Good,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Blue Bayou”—Ronstadt filled huge arenas and produced an astounding eleven Platinum albums. Ronstadt was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously, she won 10 Grammy ® Awards on 26 nominations and attained a level of stardom the Tucson native never could have imagined.
In LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican Canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; a passionate advocate for human rights and had a high-profile romance with California Governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by friends and collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Jackson Browne, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her — and the sound of her voice.