Linda Ronstadt

Born - Jul 15, 1946 in Tucson, AZ  |   Genres - Music [nf], Comedy

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Biography

Vocalist Linda Rondstadt parlayed her pop stardome in the 1970's and 1980's into a handful of memorable acting opportunities, starring in the 1983 big screen adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance, as well as appearing on episodes of Corridos: Tales of Passion & Revolution and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

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  • As a teen, formed a folk trio with brother Peter and sister Suzy; they billed themselves as the New Union Ramblers.
  • Met guitarist Bob Kimmel while attending college; the duo relocated to Los Angeles, where they formed the Stone Poneys with guitarist and singer/songwriter Kenny Edwards.
  • Embarked on a solo career in 1968. 
  • Released her first solo album, Hand Sown Home Grown, in 1969.
  • Recorded a string of country and pop hits during the 1970s, including: "When Will I Be Loved" (1975) and "Blue Bayou" (1977).
  • Banned from performing on TV during the 1970s for her refusal to wear a bra. 
  • Made the cover of Time magazine in 1977.
  • In 1980, starred in a Broadway production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance
  • Forayed into jazz/big-band music during the 1980s, collaborating with famed arranger Nelson Riddle on three albums: Lush Life (1982), What's New (1983) and For Sentimental Reasons (1986).
  • Was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Has a guitar named in her honor; Martin's Linda Ronstadt Limited Edition acoustic guitar was released in 2009.