Linda Ronstadt is a retired singer whose career spanned 1967 to 2011. Unlike many singers who are linked to just one music genre, Ronstadt has performed and recorded diverse genres, including pop, country, rock, Latin, and light opera. The singer has also recorded music as both a solo artist and as part of duets and trios. The singer has enjoyed an extremely successful career, which has included winning multiple awards. Some of these are 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, an ALMA Award, and an Emmy Award. In 2014, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and then awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in the same year. As a solo artist, Linda Ronstadt has recorded one live album, 13 compilation albums, 28 studio albums, 14 music videos, and 63 singles. She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Due to her long and successful career, Linda Ronstadt’s net worth is estimated at $130 million. Here is how she became such a wealthy woman.
Linda Ronstadt’s Early Life
Linda Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946, in Tucson, Arizona. She is the third of four children, and her siblings are Peter, Michael, and Gretchen. Ronstadt and her siblings were raised on the family’s 10-acre ranch. Music was an important part of family life when Ronstadt was growing up.
Her Singing Career
Ronstadt performed as an amateur for many years before establishing her professional singing career in the mid-1960s. She predominantly performed folk rock and country-rock. In addition to performing alone, Ronstadt became part of the trio Stone Poneys after joining forces with Kenny Edwards and Bobby Kimmel. After spending several years performing as both a solo artist and in groups, Ronstadt released her debut studio album ‘Hand Sown… Home Grown’ in 1969.’ Critics described the album as the first alternative country record by a female artist.
Although releasing an album did not bring her fame, Linda Ronstadt’s career began to grow, and she worked extensively with established artists. Some of these included Jackson Browne, Neil Young, and The Doors. She also began performing on television and contributed to other artists’ albums. Ronstadt recorded a further three albums in the early 1970s. By the mid-1970s, she became the first arena-class rock star after releasing the chart-topping albums ‘Heart Like a Wheel,’ ‘Living in the USA,’ and ‘Simple Dreams.’ The singer became one of the top-grossing concert artists and most successful female artists of the 1970s, and she became known as the First Lady of Rock. She became an icon and appeared on multiple magazine covers. Although she is best known as a recording artist, Linda Ronstadt has also had a career on stage.
She received a Tony nomination for her Broadway performance of The Pirates of Penzance. Throughout the 1980s, Ronstadt also continued to record studio albums, which included ‘Canciones de Mi Padre,’ ‘Howl Like the Wind,’ ‘Cry Like a Rainstorm,’ ‘Mad Love,’ and ‘What’s New.’ While Linda Ronstadt is best known as a solo artist, she has also collaborated with multiple other artists throughout her career. Her most famous collaboration was with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. The three women admired each other’s work and decided to collaborate as a group called ‘Trio’ in the late 1970s. Unfortunately, the group was unsuccessful, and Ronstadt later explained that the three women were too busy with their solo careers to focus on the group. Harris, Parton, and Ronstadt reformed in 1986 and began recording in the studio together. They eventually released the album ‘Trio’ in March 1987, which topped the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album produced four Top Ten Country singles, including the chart-topping ‘To Know Him is to Love Him.’ Ronstadt, Parton, and Harris were jointly given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019.
In addition to her singing career, Linda Ronstadt released an autobiography called ‘Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir’ in 2013. A Spanish version ‘Suenos Sencillos- Meorias Musicales’ was also released.
Linda Ronstadt’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Linda Ronstadt’s net worth is estimated as $130 million. She has made her money through her long career in the music industry. During the 1970s, she was the highest-paid woman in rock. Although most of her wealth comes from record sales as a solo artist, Ronstadt has also made money releasing music as a duet or trio with other artists.
Her Personal Life
Public attention was drawn to Linda Ronstadt’s personal life in the mid-1979s when she began dating Democratic presidential candidate and then-Governor of California Jerry Brown. Some of her other high-profile relationships have included dating comedian Jim Carrey for eight months in 1983 and an engagement to Star Wars director George Lucas from the end of 1983 to 1988. Ronstadt has never married and has spoken about her difficulties in finding someone that meets all the relationship criteria that can also put up with her. Despite never marrying, Linda Ronstadt has not let her marital status prevent her from having a family. The singer adopted her daughter, Mary Clementine Ronstadt, in 1990. Four years later, she adopted her son, Carlos. Due to her career, Linda Ronstadt spent 30 years living in Los Angeles. However, she never really felt at home in the city, and the lifestyle did not suit her personality. She decided to make a new start and moved to San Francisco. She later decided to sell her San Francisco home and return to her roots in Tucson, Arizona. Although she has since decided to return to San Francisco, she has retained her Tucson home. Ronstadt retired in 2013 after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis was later revised to progressive supranuclear palsy. Due to the similarity of the symptoms, progressive supranuclear palsy is often mistaken for Parkinson’s disease.
Written by Allen Lee
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