Linda Ronstadt becomes the first repeat headliner in this series today as she turns 71. An eleven-time Grammy winner and one of the must successful solo female vocalists ever, she began her career when she dropped out of Arizona State University and joined an old Arizona acquaintance in Los Angeles, becoming the lead singer of a folk-rock trio, the Stone Poneys. They had a Top 20 single with “Different Drum” before breaking up, at which point Ronstadt embarked on a solo career.
Ronstadt’s second studio album, Silk Purse, came out in 1970 and included the hit “Long, Long Time,” which brought her her first Grammy nomination. However, it was with her fifth album, Heart Like a Wheel from 1974, that her career really took off. She had six straight albums reach #4 or higher on the Billboard 200 and eight Top Ten singles in a stretch of about 6 years, and was widely recognized as the leading female rock star of her time and the first “arena class” female rocker.
Yeah, you had to know this one was coming. Get over it.
If you’re looking for real substance you’ll want to visit my article about Jiminy Cricket and Cliff Edwards, the man who provided his voice. There isn’t much I could offer here that would rival that. So what you’ll get this time around is a series of cover versions – – some lovely and unique…others just unique.
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We’ve got an eclectic bunch of birthdays today. Eleven-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Linda Ronstadt was at one point engaged to George Lucas. She dodged that bullet in the mid-eighties, but she can’t avoid her seventieth birthday which is today. Other birthdays include two of my wife’s teen crushes and also, Forest Whitaker.