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September 17, 2013 | By Anthony York
Linda Ronstadt's new memoir recounts her decades-long career in music and chronicles her current battle with Parkinson's disease. But the autobiography of the former Stone Poney's frontwoman is also peppered with references to her former beau, Gov. Jerry Brown. Ronstadt recounts a time during the winter of 1979 when she was “keeping company” with the then-41-year-old governor when a series of winter storms threatened to wipe out her Malibu Colony home. “The newspapers had begun to speculate on whether the governor was going to spend state money to protect his girlfriend's house,” Ronstadt writes.
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April 11, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its "Who'd have thought?" surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance speech when he quipped: "I never thought I'd be on the same stage as KISS, to be honest. " It's equally unlikely that KISS founding members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who joined the Rock Hall along with Yusuf on Thursday, ever envisioned sharing a stage with country singers Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris, who were on hand to welcome in Linda Ronstadt.
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August 24, 2013 | By John Horn
Linda Ronstadt has disclosed that she is suffering from Parkinson's disease , and that the neurological disorder has left her unable to sing. The 67-year-old musician made the disclosure in an  AARP Magazine interview  posted online Friday. Ronstadt, an 11-time Grammy winner, said that she was diagnosed with the neurological ailment about eight months ago and "can't sing a note. " PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times “No one can sing with Parkinson's disease,” Ronstadt said.
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April 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The bulk of the attention surrounding this year's class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame zeroes in on the musicians: KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Plus whatever chatter has been sparked by KISS' decision not to perform because of bruised feelings over which band members are being inducted, fans grousing that original Nirvana member Chad Channing isn't being included, Ronstadt's public comments about her general lack of interest in the proceedings, etc. What hasn't generated 1% of that kind of attention is the culmination of a 15-year campaign that has resulted in Beatles manager Brian Epstein being inducted as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award.
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July 29, 2011
Linda Ronstadt broke barriers for women as one of the top-selling artists of her generation, and she's going to detail how she did it in a new memoir for Simon & Schuster. The book publisher announced Thursday that it had acquired her autobiography, titled "Heart Like a Wheel," after her Grammy-winning, multiplatinum album. Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records starting in the 1970s with pop hits such as "You're No Good" and "When Will I Be Loved. " But she also segued into country, pop standards and mariachi music, among other genres.
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January 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Responding to the death Friday of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, many of the world's most respected rock and country vocalists expressed their sorrow over the loss. As these artists discussed the influence the Everlys had on their own music, two common themes emerged: the ambition one day to be able to sing like an Everly; then for those who achieved any degree of success, the hope at some point to sing with an Everly. “My mom always called me her little Everly,” country musician Vince Gill told The Times in explaining how much it meant later when he met Phil.
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September 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Among the many observations both endearing and illuminating in Linda Ronstadt's new memoir, “Simple Dreams” (Simon & Schuster, $25), which arrives Tuesday, Sept. 17, is the moment she recalls discovering her calling in life. “I can remember sitting at the piano,” she writes in the first chapter of the 242-page book. “My sister was playing and my brother was singing something, and I said, 'I want to try that.' My sister turned to my brother and said, 'Think we got a soprano here.' … I remember thinking, 'I'm a singer, that's what I do.' It was like I had become validated somehow, my existence affirmed.” She was 4. That moment of clarity didn't have anything to do with the worldwide fame Ronstadt would achieve as one of the most powerfully emotive singers of her generation, or the 10 Grammy Awards she eventually would win for a remarkably varied career spanning country and rock, classic pop and traditional Mexican folk music, opera and Broadway.
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August 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Linda Ronstadt, who recently went public with her diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, will appear in Los Angeles next month to talk about her upcoming memoir. Parkinson's has taken away her ability to sing, but she still plans to talk about her book, "Simple Dreams. " Ronstadt will appear at the literary speakers series Writers Bloc in conversation with Patt Morrison. Tickets to the event, which will be held Sept. 24 in Santa Monica, are $25. "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir" includes her personal history, stories of her loves and friendships, and the stories behind some of her songs.
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April 11, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its "Who'd have thought?" surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance speech when he quipped: "I never thought I'd be on the same stage as KISS, to be honest. " It's equally unlikely that KISS founding members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who joined the Rock Hall along with Yusuf on Thursday, ever envisioned sharing a stage with country singers Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris, who were on hand to welcome in Linda Ronstadt.
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December 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
In the same year that Linda Ronstadt told the world she could no longer sing a note because of Parkinson's disease, she has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a possibility that she recently told the Los Angeles Times she'd never "given a second thought to. " Ronstadt, 67, is one of six new members who will be formally inducted next year, along with Peter Gabriel, KISS, Hall and Oates, Nirvana and Cat Stevens. Acts that made the final ballot but did not make the cut for induction are Yes, N.W.A, Chic, the Meters, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J, the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies.
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April 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Linda Ronstadt doesn't quite get what all the fuss is about. On Thursday she's being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an institution created three decades ago to extend formal recognition to the most influential artists in pop music history. Still, she's hard pressed to muster any real enthusiasm regarding the honor. "It's nice," she said apprehensively from her home in the Bay Area, then sheepishly explained. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners "It's just something I never gave one thought to," she said.
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March 31, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood will come together to salute Linda Ronstadt upon her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 in New York, while Bruce Springsteen, Glenn Frey, Questlove, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Michael Stipe and Tom Morello will be among the performers and presenters on hand to welcome in the other 2014 inductees. Those will include Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) , KISS, Daryl Hall & John Oates, the E Street Band, Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham.
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January 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Paul McCartney took to his website and Facebook page to share his feelings about the death last week of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, the duo whose vocal harmonies exerted a profound impact on the Beatles and countless others who followed in their wake. "Phil Everly was one of my great heroes,” the former Beatle wrote. “With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. " Biographer Mark Lewisohn, in his new book “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1,” quotes McCartney's reaction upon hearing the Everlys sing “All I Have to Do Is Dream” in 1958, when he, John Lennon and newly recruited guitarist George Harrison were still teenagers: “When we first heard it, it blew us away.” PHOTOS: The Everly Brothers through the years "Years later when I finally met Phil,” McCartney said, “I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul.” Shortly after the Everlys reunited in 1983 with a celebrated concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, McCartney wrote the song “On the Wings of a Nightingale” for his boyhood heroes, and it became the lead-off track and hit single from their “EB '84,” their first studio album in more than a decade.
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January 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Responding to the death Friday of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, many of the world's most respected rock and country vocalists expressed their sorrow over the loss. As these artists discussed the influence the Everlys had on their own music, two common themes emerged: the ambition one day to be able to sing like an Everly; then for those who achieved any degree of success, the hope at some point to sing with an Everly. “My mom always called me her little Everly,” country musician Vince Gill told The Times in explaining how much it meant later when he met Phil.
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December 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
In the same year that Linda Ronstadt told the world she could no longer sing a note because of Parkinson's disease, she has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a possibility that she recently told the Los Angeles Times she'd never "given a second thought to. " Ronstadt, 67, is one of six new members who will be formally inducted next year, along with Peter Gabriel, KISS, Hall and Oates, Nirvana and Cat Stevens. Acts that made the final ballot but did not make the cut for induction are Yes, N.W.A, Chic, the Meters, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J, the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies.
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October 16, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
What is rock 'n' roll, one may ask upon seeing the names Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel on this year's list of finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Do any of them truly rock, let alone roll? Or is their music more likely to be filed in the “popular” section of your imaginary record shop? That's one reflexive thought that popped up after seeing the list of nominees for the 2014 induction ceremony. Sixteen acts that make/made music in subgenres including grunge, rap, funk, art pop, neo-soul, guitar rock, progressive rock, soft rock and blues rock, the list offers way more questions than it does answers.
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November 4, 1986 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Billy Daniels, I read some years ago, estimated that even then he had sung "That Old Black Magic" 25,000 times. That sounds extravagant until you multiply two or three shows a night by the days and years of Daniels' long career. It was a very big hit for him, but along about Performance 17,422 I have to believe you would be singing it through clenched teeth, gratitude notwithstanding. The Glenn Miller band must finally have wanted to play "In the Mood" upside down, just for a change.
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October 4, 1993 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
At this point, it's clear that Linda Ronstadt couldn't care less: She knows she can sing mariachi music, and she'll keep doing it for as long as she wants, no matter how many doubts are raised by purists who won't forgive her the fact that she doesn't speak fluent Spanish. But she is still a great interpreter who can communicate the emotional essence of the music.
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October 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Just two months after Linda Ronstadt went public with the news that she can no longer sing because of Parkinson's disease, she's made the final nominations list for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Yes, LL Cool J and the Replacements. The remainder of the 16 acts that made the ballot that will go to Rock Hall voters are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Hall and Oates, KISS, N.W.A., the Meters, Link Wray and the Zombies.
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September 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
One of the most touching anecdotes in Linda Ronstadt's new memoir, "Simple Dreams," comes in the moment she told her parents she was skipping out on college to pursue a career in music. "My parents were upset and tried to talk me out of it," she writes in the book, published Sept. 17. "When it became apparent that they couldn't change my mind, my father went into the other room and returned with the Martin acoustic guitar that his father had bought in 1898. "When my father began singing as a young man, my grandfather had given him the instrument and said, ' Ahora que tienes guitarra, nunca tendrás hambre .' ('Now that you own a guitar, you will never be hungry.')
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