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Linda Ronstadt reveals she has Parkinson's and can no longer

by Ziks511 / August 23, 2013 9:29 PM PDT


What a horrible thing for someone whose whole life has been about song and music. I can still just faintly recall the appearance of the Stone Ponys on Ed Sullivan. She was lead singer and I recognized then that she had a superlative voice, owned their two albums and followed her solo career in subsequent years.

It's a damned shame that Parkinsonism or MS or any of the debilitating diseases attack anyone regardless of talent, but seeing someone with a history of great achievement, like Stephen Hawking (ALS) or Linda or those who have to cope with MS (I lost a very good friend to a particularly severe form which never slowed or plateaued but simply crippled and then killed her) is very upsetting.


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she did
by James Denison / August 23, 2013 9:44 PM PDT

the best ever version of Blue Bayou. A longtime favorite.

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One of our favorite albums
by Steven Haninger / August 23, 2013 11:06 PM PDT

is "Trio" with Linda, Dolly, and Emmylou. All three had unique voices and could actually sing without electronic enhancement. Linda also worked some with Kenny Rogers who also came out of shadows in his own right after leaving the "First Edition" whose first hit(s) were of the psychedelic genre. I have to say that, when Linda turned more to her Spanish roots, I lost track of her. FWIW, she's already made a strong and positive contribution to the real vocal music that's come out in my lifetime

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I'm really sorry to hear this.
by Josh K / August 24, 2013 12:15 AM PDT

I had a huge crush on her in the 70s. Got to see her in concert at Radio City Music Hall (and yes, everything you heard about how awkward she was on stage was true), and in a production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. My best to her and her loved ones.

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Sorry to read this.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 24, 2013 2:57 AM PDT

She had such a clear, pure voice. One of my favorite singers in the 70's.

Very sad.


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