Linda Ronstadt - Wikipedia
The singer performs Saturday night at the Zoellner Arts Center. ALL MY LIFE - Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt. HIstoria de la Cancion " Dice que un día Victor Heredia (autor del tema), va a la cárcel y decide visitar y dar un. Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, ) is an American retired popular music singer known Her duet with Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much", peaked at number 2 in .. Ronstadt's professional relationship with Asher allowed her to take "It was our goal to present a spectacular event as a sendoff to the 20th century".
Ronstadt was the first female artist in popular music history to accumulate four consecutive platinum albums fourteen certified million selling, to date. As for the singles, Rolling Stone magazine pointed out that a whole generation, "but for her, might never have heard the work of artists such as Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello, and Chuck Berry.
When interpreting, Ronstadt said she "sticks to what the music demands", in terms of lyrics. Explaining that rock and roll music is part of her culture, she says that the songs she sang after her rock and roll hits were part of her soul.
And I had to do them both in order to reestablish who I was. With this in mind, Ronstadt fuses country and rock into a special union.
Along with other musicians such as the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Swampwater, Neil Young, and the Eagles, she helped free country music from stereotypes and showed rockers that country was okay. However, she stated that she was being pushed hard into singing more rock and roll.
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Most successful female singer of the s Author Andrew Greeley, in his book God in Popular Culture, described Ronstadt as "the most successful and certainly the most durable and most gifted woman Rock singer of her era.
Cashbox gave Ronstadt a Special Decade Award, as the top-selling female singer of the s. By the end of the decade, the singer whom the Chicago Sun Times described as the "Dean of the s school of female rock singers" became what Redbook called "the most successful female rock star in the world. In many instances, her own interpretations were more successful than the original recordings, and many times new songwriters were discovered by a larger audience as a result of her interpretation and recording.
Ronstadt had major success interpreting songs from a diverse spectrum of artists. The song was also Ronstadt's first number 1 country hit. The album showed a physically attractive Ronstadt on the cover but, more importantly, its critical and commercial success was due to a fine presentation of country and rock, with Heart Like a Wheel her first of many major commercial successes that would set her on the path to being one of the best-selling female artists of all time.
Ronstadt's interpretation peaked at number 2 on the country chart. The album itself was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. Rolling Stone magazine put Ronstadt on its cover in March It was the first of six Rolling Stone magazine covers shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz. It included her as the featured artist with a full photo layout and an article by Ben Fong-Torres, discussing Ronstadt's many struggling years in rock n roll, as well as her home life and what it was like to be a woman on tour in a decidedly all-male environment.
It became her second in a row to go platinum, "a grand slam" in the same year Ronstadt would eventually become the first female artist in popular music history to have three consecutive platinum albums and would ultimately go on to have eight consecutive platinum albums, and then another six between and The disc's first single release was "Love Is A Rose".
It was climbing the pop and country charts but Heat Wave, a rockified version of the hit by Martha and the Vandellas, was receiving considerable airplay.
The album featured a sexy, revealing cover shot and showcased Ronstadt the singer-songwriter, who composed two of its songs, "Try Me Again" co-authored with Andrew Gold and "Lo Siento Mi Vida". It also included an interpretation of Willie Nelson's classic "Crazy", which became a Top 10 Country hit for Ronstadt in early At the end ofRonstadt surpassed the success of Heart Like a Wheel with her album Simple Dreams, which held the number 1 position for five consecutive weeks on the Billboard chart.
Simple Dreams spawned a string of hit singles on numerous charts. Simple Dreams became one of the singer's best-selling international-selling albums as well, reaching number 1 on the Australian and Canadian Pop and Country Albums charts. Simple Dreams also made Ronstadt the most successful international female touring artist as well. The same year, she completed a concert tour around Europe.
As Country Music Magazine wrote in OctoberSimple Dreams solidified Ronstadt's role as "easily the most successful female rock and roll and country star at this time. Time magazine and Ronstadt's "rock chick" image Ronstadt has remarked that she felt as though she was "artificially encouraged to kinda cop a really tough attitude and be tough because rock and roll is kind of tough business ," which she felt wasn't worn quite authentically.
Female rock artists like her and Janis Joplin, whom she described as lovely, shy, and very literate in real life and the antithesis of the "red hot mamma" she was artificially encouraged to project, went through an identity crisis.
By the mids, Ronstadt's image became just as famous as her music. In andshe appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone and Time, respectively. The Rolling Stone cover story was accompanied by a series of photographs of Ronstadt in a skimpy red slip, taken by Annie Leibovitz.
Ronstadt felt deceived by the photographer, not realizing that the photos would be so revealing. She says her manager Peter Asher kicked Leibovitz out of the house when she visited to show them the photographs prior to publication. Leibovitz had refused to let them veto any of the photos, which included one of Ronstadt sprawled across a bed in her underpants. In a interview, Ronstadt explained, "Annie [Leibovitz] saw that picture as an expose of my personality.
But I wouldn't choose to show a picture like that to anybody who didn't know me personally, because only friends could get the other sides of me in balance. At a time in the industry when men still told women what to sing and what to wear, Ronstadt hated the image of her that was projected to the world on that cover, and she noted recently how the photographer kept forcing her to wear a dress, which was an image she did not want to project.
Inshe was interviewed for CBS This Morning and stated that this image was not her because she did not sit like that. Asher noted, "Anyone who's met Linda for 10 seconds will know that I couldn't possibly have been her Svengali. She's an extremely determined woman, in every area. To me, she was everything that feminism's about. Since her solo career began, Ronstadt has fought hard to be recognized as a solo female singer in the world of rock, and her portrayal on the Time cover did not appear to help the situation.
InRolling Stone magazine declared Ronstadt, "by far America's best-known female rock singer. Living in the USA was the first album by any recording act in music history to ship double-platinum over 2 million advance copies. The album eventually sold 3 million U.
At the end of that year, Billboard magazine crowned Ronstadt with three number-one Awards for the Year: Living in the USA showed the singer on roller skates with a newly short, permed hairdo on the album cover. Ronstadt continued this theme on concert tour promotional posters with photos of her on roller skates in a dramatic pose with a large American flag in the background.
By this stage of her career, she was using posters to promote every album and concert — which at the time were recorded live on radio or television.
Ronstadt was also featured in the film FM, where the plot involved disc jockeys attempting to broadcast a Ronstadt concert live, without a competing station's knowledge. Ronstadt was persuaded to record "Tumbling Dice" after Mick Jagger came backstage when she was at a concert and said, "You do too many ballads, you should do more rock and roll songs. On singing with Jagger, Ronstadt later said, "I loved it. I didn't have a trace of stage fright.
I'm scared to death all the way through my own shows. But it was too much fun to get scared. He's so silly onstage, he knocks you over. I mean you have to be on your toes or you wind up falling on your face. She had six platinum-certified albums, three of which were number 1 on the Billboard album chart, and numerous charted pop singles. As Rolling Stone magazine dubbed her "Rock's Venus", her record sales continued to multiply and set records themselves.
ByRonstadt had collected eight gold, six platinum, and four multi-platinum certifications for her albums, an unprecedented feat at the time. Her Greatest Hits album would sell consistently for the next 25 years and in was certified by the RIAA for seven-times platinum over seven million U. InGreatest Hits, Volume 2 was released and certified platinum. There is a new royalty ruling today's record charts. From rock to operetta InRonstadt released Mad Love, her seventh consecutive platinum-selling album.
It was a straightforward rock and roll album with post-punk, new wave influences, including tracks by songwriters such as Elvis Costello, the Cretones, and musician Mark Goldenberg who played on the record himself. She also made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for a record-setting sixth time. Mad Love entered the Billboard Album Chart in the Top Five its first week a record at that time and climbed to the number 3 position.
Benatar praised Ronstadt by stating, "There are a lot of good female singers around. How could I be the best? Ronstadt is still alive! She said singing Gilbert and Sullivan was a natural choice for her, since her grandfather Fred Ronstadt was credited with having created Tucson's first orchestra, the Club Filarmonico Tucsonense, and had once created an arrangement of The Pirates of Penzance.
The Pirates of Penzance opened for a limited engagement in New York City's Central Park, eventually moving its production to Broadway, where it became a hit, running from January 8,to November 28, Newsweek was effusive in its praise: Ronstadt received a Golden Globe nomination for the role in the film version. When she met the opera superstar Beverly Sills, she was told, "My dear, every soprano in the world wants to play Mimi!
However, the production was a critical and commercial disaster, closing after only a few nights. InRonstadt released the album Get Closer, a primarily rock album with some country and pop music as well. It remains her only album between and not to be officially certified platinum. It peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Album Chart. Ronstadt also filmed several music videos for this album which became popular on the fledgling MTV cable channel.
The album earned Ronstadt two Grammy Award nominations: Along with the release of her Get Closer album, Ronstadt embarked on a North American tour, remaining one of the top rock-concert draws that summer and fall.
Artistic aspirations Ronstadt has remarked that in the beginning of her career she "was so focused on folk, rock and country" that she "got a bit bored and started to branch out, and Ronstadt eventually tired of playing arenas. She had ceased to feel that arenas, where people milled around smoking marijuana cigarettes and drinking beer, were "appropriate places for music". The second verse's lyrics pay tribute to Ronstadt: Ronstadt has said she wants to sing in places similar to the theatre of ancient Greece, where the attention is focused on the stage and the performer.
Ronstadt's recording output in the s proved to be just as commercially and critically successful as her s recordings. Between andRonstadt scored six additional platinum albums; two are triple platinum each with over three million U. By recording traditional pop, traditional country and traditional Latin roots Ronstadt resonated with a different fan base and diversified her appeal.
However, Ronstadt's displeasure with the final result led her, with regrets, to scrap the project. But the appeal of the album's music had seduced Ronstadt, as she told Down Beat magazine in Aprilcrediting Wexler for encouraging her.
Nonetheless, Ronstadt had to somehow convince her reluctant record company, Elektra Records, to greenlight this type of album under her contract. The three albums have had a combined sales total of nearly seven million copies in the U.
The album design for What's New by designer Kosh was unlike any of her previous disc covers. It showed Ronstadt in a vintage dress lying on shimmering satin sheets with a Walkman headset. At the time, Ronstadt received some chiding for both the album cover and her venture into what was then considered "elevator music" by cynics, but remained determined to record with Riddle, and What's New became a hit.
The album was released in September and spent 81 weeks on the Billboard Album Chart and held the number 3 position for a month and a half held out of the top spot by Michael Jackson's Thriller and Lionel Richie's Can't Slow Down and the RIAA certified it triple platinum over three million copies sold in the U. The album earned Ronstadt another Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and critical raves, with Time magazine calling it "one of the gutsiest, most unorthodox and unexpected albums of the year.
Ronstadt did not completely turn her back on her rock and roll past, however; the video for the title track featured Danny Kortchmar as the old beau that she bumped into during a rainstorm.
What's New brought Riddle to a younger audience. According to Levinson, "the younger audience hated what Riddle had done with Frank Sinatra, which in was considered 'Vintage Pop'". Working with Ronstadt, Riddle brought his career back into focus in the last three years of his life. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, What's New "isn't the first album by a rock singer to pay tribute to the golden age of the pop, but is In the decade prior to Beatlemania, most of the great band singers and crooners of the 40s and 50s codified a half-century of American pop standards on dozens of albums It was her first foray into traditional jazz since her sessions with Jerry Wexler and her records with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, but this time with an intimate jazz combo.
The album was a quiet affair for Ronstadt, giving few interviews and making only one television performance as promotion. It reached number 2 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart but peaked at number on the main Billboard album chart.
It also achieved some critical acclaim from the jazz cognoscenti. Unfortunately, the attempt did not pan out. Ronstadt later remarked that not too many people were in control at the time and everyone was too involved with their own careers. Though the efforts to complete the album were abandoned, a number of the recordings were included on the singers' respective solo recordings over the next few years.
This concept album was put on the back burner for almost ten years. In Januarythe three eventually did make their way into the recording studio, where they spent the next several months working. The result, Trio, which they had conceived ten years earlier, was released in March It was a considerable hit, holding the number 1 position on Billboard's Country Albums chart for five weeks running and hitting the Top 10 on the pop side also.
Selling over three million copies in the U. Inthe three performers recorded a follow-up to Trio. As was the case with their aborted effort, conflicting schedules and competing priorities delayed the album's release indefinitely. However, inRonstadt, Parton, and Harris agreed to release the Trio II album, as was originally recorded in The effort was certified Gold overcopies sold and won them a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the track.
Ronstadt co-produced the album with George Massenburg and the three ladies also received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. Canciones — songs of the Ronstadt family At the end ofRonstadt released Canciones de Mi Padre, an album of traditional Mexican folk songs, or what she has described as "world class songs". Keeping with the Ronstadt history theme, her cover art was dramatic, bold, and colorful; it shows Ronstadt in full Mexican regalia.
These canciones were a big part of Ronstadt's family tradition and musical roots. For example, the history of this album goes back half a century. Luisa Espinel, Ronstadt's aunt, was herself an international singer in the s and s. Espinel's father was Fred Ronstadt, Linda's grandfather, and the songs she had learned, transcribed, and published were some of the ones he had brought with him from Sonora.
Ronstadt researched and extracted from the favorites she had learned from her father Gilbert and she called her album by the same name as her aunt's booklet and as a tribute to her father and his family. Though not fully bilingual, she has a fairly good command of the Spanish language, allowing her to sing Latin American songs with little discernible U.
Her formative years were spent with her father's side of the family. The real achievement, however, is the disc's RIAA double-platinum over two million copies sold in the U. Another achievement is that the album and later theatrical stage show, served as a benchmark of Latin cultural renaissance in North America. The disc features all tracks from the first two Stone Poneys albums and four tracks from the third album.
Solo career[ edit ] Still contractually obligated to Capitol Records, Ronstadt released her first solo album, Hand Sown Home Grown, in It has been called the first alternative country record by a female recording artist.
Ronstadt provided the vocals for some commercials during this period, including one for Remington electric razors, in which a multitracked Ronstadt and Frank Zappa claimed that the electric razor "cleans you, thrills you Recorded entirely in Nashville, it was produced by Elliot Mazerwhom Ronstadt chose on the advice of Janis Joplinwho had worked with him on the Cheap Thrills album.
Touring[ edit ] Judy Henskewho was the then reigning queen of folk music, said to me at The Troubadour'Honey, in this town there are four sexes. Men, women, homosexuals, and girl singers. The world is tearing by you, real fast, and all these people are looking at you. People see me in my 'girl-singer' suit. But being on the road took its toll both emotionally and professionally.
There were few "girl singers" on the rock circuit at the time, and they were relegated to "groupie level when in a crowd of a bunch of rock and roll guys", a status Ronstadt avoided.
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At the time, she admired singers like Maria Muldaur for not sacrificing their femininity but says she felt enormous self-imposed pressure to compete with "the boys" at every level. They toured with her for a short period in and played on Linda Ronstadther self-titled third album, from which the failed single, Ronstadt's version of Browne's " Rock Me on the Water ", was drawn.
At this stage, Ronstadt began working with producer and boyfriend John Boylan. I was always a part of my productions.Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville - Don't Know Much Subtitulado
But I always needed a producer who would carry out my whims. But needing someone willing to work with her as an equal, Ronstadt asked Peter Asherwho came highly recommended to her by James Taylor's sister Kate Taylorto help produce two of them: With the release of Don't Cry Now, Ronstadt took on her biggest gig to date as the opening act on Neil Young's Time Fades Away tour, playing for larger crowds than ever before.
Backstage at a concert in Texas, Chris Hillman introduced her to Emmylou Harristelling them, "You two could be good friends",  which soon occurred, resulting in frequent collaborations over the following years. Meanwhile, the album became Ronstadt's most successful up to that time, sellingcopies by the end of Asher attributed the long-term success of his working relationship with Ronstadt to the fact that he was the first person to manage and produce her with whom there was a solely professional relationship.
Buddy Hollyreleased September 6,on which Ronstadt's version of Buddy Holly's " That'll Be The Day " appears among newly recorded versions of Holly's songs by various artists. And that's how I attack vocals. Many of these rhythms and sounds were part of her Southwestern roots. However, as early asRonstadt was being criticized by music "purists" for her "brand of music" which crossed many genres.
Country Western Stars magazine wrote in that "Rock people thought she was too gentle, folk people thought she was too pop, and pop people didn't quite understand where she was at, but Country people really loved Linda.
Ronstadt's natural vocal range spans several octaves from contralto to sopranoand occasionally she will showcase this entire range within a single work. Ronstadt was the first female artist in popular music history to accumulate four consecutive platinum albums fourteen certified million selling, to date.
As for the singles, Rolling Stone pointed out that a whole generation, "but for her, might never have heard the work of artists such as Buddy HollyElvis Costelloand Chuck Berry. You exorcise that emotion When interpreting, Ronstadt said she "sticks to what the music demands", in terms of lyrics.
And I had to do them both in order to reestablish who I was. With this in mind, Ronstadt fuses country and rock into a special union.
Along with other musicians such as the Flying Burrito BrothersEmmylou HarrisGram ParsonsSwampwaterNeil Youngand the Eaglesshe helped free country music from stereotypes and showed rockers that country was okay.
However, she stated that she was being pushed hard into singing more rock and roll. In many instances, her own interpretations were more successful than the original recordings, and many times new songwriters were discovered by a larger audience as a result of her interpretation and recording. Ronstadt had major success interpreting songs from a diverse spectrum of artists. Ronstadt's interpretation peaked at number 2 on the country chart.
The album itself was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. Rolling Stone put Ronstadt on its cover in March It was the first of six Rolling Stone covers shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz.
It included her as the featured artist with a full photo layout and an article by Ben Fong-Torresdiscussing Ronstadt's many struggling years in rock n roll, as well as her home life and what it was like to be a woman on tour in a decidedly all-male environment. It was climbing the pop and country charts but Heat Wavea rockified version of the hit by Martha and the Vandellaswas receiving considerable airplay.
The album featured a sexy, revealing cover shot and showcased Ronstadt the singer-songwriter, who composed two of its songs, "Try Me Again" co-authored with Andrew Gold and "Lo Siento Mi Vida". It also included an interpretation of Willie Nelson's ballad " Crazy ", which became a Top 10 Country hit for Ronstadt in early At the end ofRonstadt surpassed the success of Heart Like a Wheel with her album Simple Dreamswhich held the number 1 position for five consecutive weeks on the Billboard chart.
Simple Dreams spawned a string of hit singles on numerous charts. Simple Dreams became one of the singer's best-selling international-selling albums as well, reaching number 1 on the Australian and Canadian Pop and Country Albums charts. The same year, she completed a concert tour around Europe. As Country Music magazine wrote in OctoberSimple Dreams solidified Ronstadt's role as "easily the most successful female rock and roll and country star at this time.
The Rolling Stone cover story was accompanied by a series of photographs of Ronstadt in a skimpy red slip, taken by Annie Leibovitz. Ronstadt felt deceived by the photographer, not realizing that the photos would be so revealing. She says her manager Peter Asher kicked Leibovitz out of the house when she visited to show them the photographs prior to publication.
Leibovitz had refused to let them veto any of the photos, which included one of Ronstadt sprawled across a bed in her underpants. But I wouldn't choose to show a picture like that to anybody who didn't know me personally, because only friends could get the other sides of me in balance.
Asher noted, "Anyone who's met Linda for 10 seconds will know that I couldn't possibly have been her Svengali.