Music / Linda Ronstadt

"Cause I've done everything I know to try and make you mine
And I think I'm gonna love you for a long long time
Linda Ronstadt, "Long Long Time"

Linda Ronstadt (b. 1946) is an American pop singer from Tucson, Arizona, who started her career in the 1960s and has gone on to sell over 60 million albums worldwide. Among her most famous songs are "You're No Good," "Different Drum," "Long Long Time" and "When Will I Be Loved." She has recorded in a variety of genres. She retired in 2011 after developing Parkinson's disease.

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"Tropes Like a Wheel":

  • Arch-Enemy: "Enemy" may be too strong, but, suffice to say, critics have had a generally mixed opinion of her and her work for quite some time.
  • Autobiography: 2013's Simple Dreams
  • Canon Discontinuity: Some of her albums, including Get Closer, Winter Lights, We Ran, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind and Dedicated to the One I Love, are out of print.
  • Christmas Songs: 2000's A Merry Little Christmas
  • Cover Album: Technically all of them, since she wrote few of the songs she sang, but she moved toward themed cover albums later in her career:
    • Her trio of albums of jazz standards in the 1980s (What's New, Lush Life and For Sentimental Reasons) with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, followed in 2004 with another album of jazz standards (Hummin' To Myself) with a jazz combo.
    • Her 1987 album Canciones de Mi Padre was a collection of traditional Mexican folk songs, followed by two more Spanish-language albums, Mas Canciones and Frenesi.
  • Cover Version: All of her songs.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She frequently went barefoot both on stage and several of her early album covers.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Claimed that Parkinson's Disease has taken away her singing voice.
  • Genre Roulette: Country, folk, jazz (her trilogy of What's New, Lush Life and For Sentimental Reasons), rock, mariachi (Canciones de mi Padre)... Enforced by Ronstadt herself, as all the different styles were all music she grew up listening to starting in her childhood.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Her first was in 1976, titled Greatest Hits.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Aaron Neville on Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
  • Ink-Suit Actor: As Herself on the "Mr. Plow" episode of The Simpsons.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" provides an In-Universe example:
    "You can't buy my love with money cause I never was that kind"
  • Self-Titled Album: 1972's Linda Ronstadt
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Hosted an episode of The Muppet Show in 1980.
  • The '70s
  • Silly Love Songs: Many of her songs fit somewhere in this category.
  • Something Blues:
    • (Stone Poneys)
    • "Some of Shelley's Blues"
    • (Solo)
    • "Lovesick Blues"
    • "White Rhythm and Blues"
    • "Morning Blues"
    • "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"
    • "I Feel the Blues Movin' In"
  • The Something Song: Both from her days in the band the Stone Poneys: "Song About the Rain", on Evergreen Vol. 2 and "Golden Song", which is part of "Fragments" on Stone Poneys Vol. III.
  • Spinoff: One version of her backup band became the Eagles.
  • Token Wholesome: Varied. She did not like the sexy image Time tried to give her on the cover of its February 28, 1977 issue. She originally shot the cover for Simple Dreams in a mini-slip, though she didn't like how much skin was showing and redid it in a robe. The cover to Hasten Down the Wind did not seem to bother her though.
  • Voice Types: Her natural range goes from contralto to soprano.