Airing on CBS Sunday Morning, Linda Ronstadt appeared in an exclusive interview with Tracy Smith to talk about her career, her artistic journey, her retirement, and her musical. Linda is a musical genius and sold more than a hundred million records. In this interview, she opens up about what keeps her busy after retirement, performing with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, and why she never got married.
The interview started with a clip from Legends: Linda Ronstadt, a live interview Linda had at the United Artists' Theater in Los Angeles, CA. She was astounded by the reception of the crowd and it felt good. "I'm just glad they didn't boo or start yelling for 'Heatwave'," she quickly added. Linda Ronstadt released a remake of Heatwave in 1975 as part of her platinum-selling album, Prisoner In Disguise. "Love Is A Rose" is the first single release of that album but "Heatwave" became the album's most popular hit and rose to number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Linda's singing career began when she was 14, singing with her brother, Peter, and sister, Gretchen, as the "Union City Ramblers", "The Three Ronstadts", and "The New Union Ramblers" and they sang mostly folk, country, bluegrass, and Mexican music. When she turned 18, she moved to Los Angeles to sing the music she loved, folk and rock and roll. She reconnected with her friend, Bobby Kimmel, and formed the Stone Poneys with guitarist-songwriter, Kenny Edwards. They released three albums within 15 months under Capitol Records, including their hit single, Different Drum, which reached number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
It was also with Capitol Records where she released her first solo album, Hand Sown...Home Grown in 1969. It was her first alternative country album that would lead to a career that includes releasing music in different genres, including country, rock, pop, gospel, r&b, opera, and mariachi. The next year, on March 1970, she released Silk Purse, which was recorded in Nashville and produced by Elliot Mazer, the same person who produced Janis Joplin's Cheap Thrills record. She received her first Grammy Award nomination the next year for the Best Female Contemporary Vocal Performance for "Long, Long Time" from Silk Purse.
Linda Ronstadt became the most successful female singer in the 1970's. Dirty Linen Magazine calls her the "first true woman rock 'n' roll superstar." Amazon.com calls her "the American female rock superstar of the decade" and Cashbox actually gave her a Special Decade Award as the top-selling female singer of the 1970's. During the 1970's, she received multiple awards and nominations from the Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association, Tony Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.
She performed her last concert in 2009 and officially retired from the music scene in 2011. But on Feb. 1, 2019, she made a musical comeback and released a 1980 live concert that was originally filmed for HBO, Linda Ronstadt: Live In Hollywood. The album consists of 12 tracks, including Desperado, Poor Poor Pitiful Me, and the unreleased single, Just One Look. Check it out at your favorite place where you buy your music.
Listen to this great interview with Linda Ronstadt by Tracy Smith and find out what keeps her busy now since her life changing diagnosis.