July 15th marks the 74th birthday of one of our most accomplished and versatile singers, Linda Ronstadt. Over her career, Linda has won 10 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music awards, 2 Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy, and an ALMA award. She’s recorded and performed music in an amazing variety of genres, from rock to country, to standards, and Broadway, along with songs from her Mexican heritage. Unfortunately for the world, Linda Ronstadt has retired from performing. She was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and revealed in 2013 that she can no longer sing a note. Her condition was subsequently re-evaluated as progressive supranuclear palsy.
She always will be remembered for her great interpretations of classic songs, such as the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved”, “You’re No Good” originally by Betty Everett, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “Tracks Of My tears”, and this great re-working of Little Anthony and the Imperials “Hurt So Bad”, with a soaring guitar solo by Danny Kortchmar. Happy Birthday and best wishes for good health to the great Linda Ronstadt!