Linda Ronstadt

  • Birth Name: Linda Marie Ronstadt
  • Birth Place: Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record producer, Actor
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  • As a teen, formed a folk trio with brother Peter and sister Suzy; they billed themselves as the New Union Ramblers.
  • Met guitarist Bob Kimmel while attending college; the duo relocated to Los Angeles, where they formed the Stone Poneys with guitarist and singer/songwriter Kenny Edwards.
  • Embarked on a solo career in 1968. 
  • Released her first solo album, Hand Sown Home Grown, in 1969.
  • Recorded a string of country and pop hits during the 1970s, including: "When Will I Be Loved" (1975) and "Blue Bayou" (1977).
  • Banned from performing on TV during the 1970s for her refusal to wear a bra. 
  • Made the cover of Time magazine in 1977.
  • In 1980, starred in a Broadway production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. 
  • Forayed into jazz/big-band music during the 1980s, collaborating with famed arranger Nelson Riddle on three albums: Lush Life (1982), What's New (1983) and For Sentimental Reasons (1986).
  • Was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Has a guitar named in her honor; Martin's Linda Ronstadt Limited Edition acoustic guitar was released in 2009.


  • 1988, Grammy — Best Mexican-American Performance: Winner
  • 1989, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1981, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1987, Grammy — Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 1992, Grammy — Best Tropical Latin Album: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1976, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female: Winner
  • 1975, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1992, Grammy — Best Mexican-American Album: Winner
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Musical Album for Children: Winner


  • Gretchen — Sister
  • Peter Ronstadt — Brother
  • Suzy — Sister
  • George Lucas — Ex-significant Other
  • Gilbert Ronstadt — Father
  • Ruthmary Copeman Ronstadt — Mother
  • Federico Jose Maria Ronstadt — Grandfather
  • Michael Ronstadt — Brother
  • Jerry Brown — Ex-significant Other
  • Carlos Ronstadt — Son
  • Mary Clementine Ronstadt — Daughter


  • Attended University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States

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