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Posted on 08/23/2013 6:55:29 PM PDT by mr fish
The 67-year-old, 11-time Grammy Award winner details her struggle with the disease in an interview with the AARP.
Grammy Award-winning artist Linda Ronstadt has revealed that a recent Parkinson's diagnosis has rendered her unable to sing.
In an interview with the AARP, the 67-year-old says that she was officially diagnosed with the degenerative disorder eight months ago after displaying symptoms as far back as eight years ago.
"I couldn't sing," she told AARP music reporter Alanna Nash, "and I couldn't figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn't occur to me to go to a neurologist."
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Ronstadt says that she had undergone a shoulder operation, and she believed that to be the culprit for her trembling hands.
"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked," she said. "I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years."
Now, Ronstadt says she "can't sing a note." Throughout her career, which began when she was just 14 years old singing with her siblings, Ronstadt accumulated eleven Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award and a Golden Globe nom for her role in The Pirates of Penzance. She released her first studio album in 1969 (Hand Sown Home Grown) and her most recent in 2006 (Adieu False Heart).
Ronstadt recently penned a memoir, Simple Dreams, out Sept. 17, though the book does not address her diagnosis or the loss of her voice.
"No one can sing with Parkinson's disease," she tells AARP. "No matter how hard you try."
The publication's full interview with Ronstadt is slated to run on AARP.org next week.
Liberalism took your soul.
It didnt occur to her to go to a neurologist???
I well remember Different Drum and the airplay it got on the AM stations at the time. Nice catchy pop tune.
But the Stone Poneys opening for Paul Butterfield, or the Doors? The 60s were a strange time.
A vicious, virulent, America-hater - - but I do wish her well.
The best artist in concert I ever saw was Neil Diamond, also 40ish years ago. Leave aside whether you are a Neil Diamond fan or not ... he had total rapport with the audience, and was the most responsive rocker I ever saw. A class act.
Hippie Nookie - She had a great voice.
Liberal or not, pretty hot!!
she’s one of the biggest brain-dead GOP and Bush haters around. During the Iraq war, this twat bitched about conservatives and the Iraq war like we were the plague. F*** her.
if she wasn’t a freaking uber liberal i might care.
Amen and amen
I wonty miss LR singing at fundraisers for Guv. Moonbeam.
I heard the song earlier this week. “I ain’t sayin’ you ain’t pretty...It’s just that I am not in the market for a boy who wants to love only me...” Far out and groovy.
She was cute back in the day, but I never cared for her music or her politics.
So warped she turned Jerry Brown into a lefty.
Sorry to hear that news about Ms. Ronstadt’s voice. My Dad died of Parkinsons...he was a big, strong man, always full of life and verve. The disease robbed Dad of all of his muscles to the point he couldn’t sit up, roll over, swallow or talk. But he would always manage a crooked smile and his eyes would gleam. Never once did he complain about his fate, either. He taught me a lot about being a man.
It is a horrible disease and I’m fearful of it.
Sheesh, max. You sound just like a hateful, mean liberal. We are better than that. Where’s your compassion and forgiveness?
Another singer whose music I really like but whose politics I hate.
Up there in that respect with Willie and the Beatles.
Now uncle Ted I love his politics. But not a big fan of his music.
Not entirely sure where Linda is these days, but I'm pretty sure this woman ate her.
I went to see her in concert, for the first time, about 5 or 6 years ago. She sounded fine to me after her first 2 songs. Then she went on a rant about GW Bush and I got up and left.
She eventually discovered she was Mexican, and well, she started eating like one.
Great voice but her gushing over tub o’ guts Mikey Moore was really icky.
That is a shame, she is also a very nice person. I met her once; she already had several hit songs but you would have never known it. She visited with me for quite a while and had no “star” attitude at all. I remember thinking- WOW I am talking to someone famous, but she was just so nice.
NOT like this:
I hate liberals. They hate us back. They voted for a p-resident who destroyed the country. What’s there to forgive?
Wouldn’t have made a difference
I had a friend who grew up in Tucson with the Ronstadts; she said Linda and her sister (Mary?) who my friend claimed actually had the better voice, were both terrified singing in front of audiences. The sister so much so she never tried the type career Linda had.
Parkinsons is very debilitating; it took my father-in-law.
This is where I tell myself Im so old they ought to shoot me
The Michael Moore-backing, America-hating harpy Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson’s? Oh.
One of the DJ's who spun this disc on Boss Radio 93 KHJ in the fall of '67 referred to the group as the Stoned Poneys.
Old joke. (I'm showing my age)
Neil Diamond always concentrated on putting on a good show, regardless of the quality of his voice that night.
I couldn't agree more, however I have to admit I wish she had kept her vile opinions to herself.. So talented a voice, so wrong in politics..
I saw a video of Annette Funicello (probably here on FR)...same disease. Terrible thing.
I couldn't agree with Rondstat’s politics in any area...but she had a lovely voice.
He succeeded the night I saw him. It was clear that he was focused on giving good value for the paying customers. He worked the show hard. Nothing self indulgent or sloppy. One would like to think this reflected character offstage, but I don’t know anything about that.
You are so right about that. I believe that St. Augustine said something along the lines of "Love the sinner, hate the sin."
Sure, Ronstadt has said some kooky leftist things. But to my knowledge, she has never deliberately harmed anyone. I wish her only the best.
I went to see Neil about 15 years ago for the first time. One of the most fun concerts I had ever been to. Great audience ambience.
I took a friend about 5 years later...not as good. Neil was 5 years older and so was the audience. What a difference 5 years make. ;)
Linda, in the late '60's was quiet a force in L.A. She played the Troubador very often. It was there she met two young men who played in different bands. Those two guys were Don Henley and Glenn Frey. It did not take long for Linda to see that these two guys were good singers, and would blend well with her vocals. She hired them from their respective bands to go on the road. As it worked out Henley and Frey roomed together while on that tour. They began to talk about what they wanted after Linda offered to hire them full-time with her band. But they had diffeent ideas. They told each other they wanted to form their own band. They went to Linda and her manager and discussed it with her. She was 100% supportive, even recommending they get certain other musicians for their band ( to be). That was the beginning of the Eagles. Without Linda Rhonstadt there would have been no Eagles, no "Hotel California", no "Desperado", no "Love Will Keep Us Alive".....none of those great songs.
I hate that Linda has to endure the pathos of Parkinsons Disease. It is unforgiving and unrelenting, until it takes away a person.
Funicello suffered from MS.
I often play Ronstadt’s CD “What’s New” with the late Nelson Riddle really nice. Yes, she’s a big time Lib, but would not wish ill of her with whats happening to her health now!
Thanks, very interesting background info.
She looks like every guy on the Sunset Strip had her back in the day.
Wonderful voice. Gave us music for the ages.
Sad for her that she has lost this important part of her being.
Nothing to forgive, in my opinion . . . but people can choose to act with class, or without it. And the choice is yours.