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Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

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Booking Linda Ronstadt

To book Linda Ronstadt or another Rock artist for your private party, corporate event, fundraiser or other function, please fill out our Artist Request Form to quickly connect with one of our Booking Agents.

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Biography

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. Released in 1971, her self-titled third album was a pivotal record in her career.

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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. Don’t Cry Now, released in 1973, followed the same formula to greater success, yet it was 1974’s Heart Like a Wheel that perfected the sound, making Ronstadt a star. Featuring the hit covers ‘You’re No Good,’ ‘When Will I Be Loved,’ and ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,’ Heart Like a Wheel reached number one and sold over two million copies. Released in the fall of 1975, Prisoner in Disguise followed the same pattern as Heart Like a Wheel and was nearly as successful. Hasten Down the Wind, released in 1976, suggested a holding pattern, even if it charted higher than Prisoner in Disguise. Simple Dreams (1977) The record became the singer’s biggest hit, staying on the top of the charts for five weeks and selling over three million copies. With Living in the U.S.A. (1978), Ronstadt began experimenting with new wave, recording Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’; the album was another number one hit. On 1980’s Mad Love, she made a full-fledged new wave record. Sensing it was time to change direction, Ronstadt starred in the Broadway production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, as well as the accompanying movie. Pirates of Penzance led the singer to a collaboration with Nelson Riddle, who arranged and conducted her 1983 collection of pop standards What’s New. While it received lukewarm reviews, it was a considerable hit, reaching number three on the charts and selling over two million copies. Ronstadt’s next two albums — Lush Life (1984) and For Sentimental Reasons (1986) — were also albums of pre-rock standards recorded with Riddle. At the end of 1986, Ronstadt returned to contemporary pop, recording ‘Somewhere Out There,’ the theme to the animated An American Tail, with James Ingram; the single became a number two hit. She also returned to her country roots in 1987, recording the Trio album with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. That same year, Ronstadt recorded Canciones de Mi Padre, a set of traditional Mexican songs that became a surprise hit. Two years later, she recorded Cry Like a Rainstorm – Howl Like the Wind — her first contemporary pop album since 1982’s Get Closer. Featuring four duets with Aaron Neville, including the number two hit ‘Don’t Know Much,’ the album sold over two million copies.

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