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Linda Ronstadt

Born on 7/15/46 in Tucson, Arizona. Formed the Stone Poneys in 1965. Went solo in 1968.

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  • Aug 15, 2010
I was A BIG FAN IN THE 70'S AND 80'S. i REALLY LIKE HER JAZZ WORK WITH THE nELSON rIDDLE ORCHESTRA, "LUSH LIFE" ALBUM WAS THE BOMB!!!
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Quick Tip by . September 07, 2009
singer LINDA RONSTADT- versatile, sings in multi octaves...known for trying different musical genres....rock, big band, latin, country..
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the '70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the '80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave influences. After a brief flirtation with pre-rock pop, Ronstadt settled into a pattern of adult contemporary pop and Latin albums, sustaining her popularity in both fields.

While Ronstadt was a student at Arizona State University, she met guitarist Bob Kimmel. The duo moved to Los Angeles, where guitarist/songwriter Kenny Edwards joined the pair. Calling themselves the Stone Poneys, the group became a leading attraction on California's folk circuit, recording their first album in 1967. The band's second album, Evergreen, Vol. 2, featured the Top 20 hit "Different Drum," which was written by Michael Nesmith. After recording one more album with the group, Ronstadt left for a solo career at the end of 1968.

Ronstadt's first two solo albums — Hand Sown Home Grown (1969) and Silk Purse (1970) — accentuated her country roots, featuring several honky tonk numbers. Released in 1971, her self-titled third album was a pivotal record in her career. Featuring a group of session musicians who would later form the Eagles, the album was a softer, more laid-back variation of the country-rock she had been recording. With the ...

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