Photo: Linda Ronstadt
Mexican-American singer and ‘70s-‘80’s music legend Linda Ronstadt has disclosed that her voice has been silenced by Parkinson’s disease.
In a candid interview with AARP Ronstadt, 67, disclosed her diagnosis and her inability to sing. Ronstadt believes she has had the disease for more than 8 years but dismissed her various symptoms to other things. She received the official Parkinson’s diagnosis eight months ago.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s include poor physical coordination, muscle rigidity and muscle tremors. Beside her inability to sing Ronstadt is suffering from hand tremors and lack of muscle control.
Ronstadt is known for such hits as “You’re No Good” and “Blue Bayou” but also as one of the first successful cross-over singers moving from folk singer to pop icon. She has earned eleven Grammy’s, two Country Music awards, an Emmy and an ALMA award. In her multi-decade career Ronstadt produced nearly 50 albums and lent her voice to 120 albums collaborating with other artists.
The Tucson, Arizona native has sold more than 100 million records and is considered one of the most successful female living recording artists.
In 1987 she released “Canciones de Mi Padre” to honor her father’s Mexican heritage. The album maintains the record as the biggest selling non-English album in U.S. music history. The album was also honored with a Grammy. Her other Spanish-language albums include “Mas Canciones” (1991) and “Frenesi” (1992). In 2011 Ronstadt was awarded with a Lifetime Latin Grammy.
In 2011 Ronstadt officially announced her retirement from the stage. Her memoir, “Simple Dreams” will be published next month.