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Episode 54: Linda Ronstadt

Updated: Apr 22, 2019

Linda Ronstadt photographed by Henry Diltz, 1968

This week we bring you the story of the beautiful! the talented! the powerhouse of a woman that is LINDA RONSTADT.

Chanty read Linda’s book Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir a few years back and decided to revisit it in order to celebrate this amazing person. Linda was tragically diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and gave her final performance as a singer in 2009. We wanted to honour her and say thank you for all the beautiful music.

Linda’s story starts in Tucson Arizona and brings us all the way to LA where she followed her heart and her musical aspirations to become a musical pioneer. Linda has received 12 Grammy awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and one Emmy as well as several Tony and Golden Globe nominations. She has sold more than 100 million records and has collaborated with Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young and The Eagles, to name a few.

Linda’s story is super sweet and very funny. She tells excellent stories about spending time with Randy Newman, Emmylou and Dolly Parton and speaks candidly about her experiences with sexual harassment in the music industry.

Linda tells us what it was like hanging out with Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin as well as saying the SWEETEST things about our honey pie Pamela Des Barres. We also get to hear what it was like working with her one true love… Kermit the Frog!

Be sure to read Linda’s book yourself as there was no way we could fit in ALL the amazing stories.

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