Twelve-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and ’70s.
Born into a musical family, Ronstadt’s childhood was filled with everything from Hank Williams to Gilbert and Sullivan, Mexican folk music to jazz and opera. Her artistic curiosity blossomed early, and she and her siblings began performing their own music for anyone who would listen.
When she arrived in Los Angeles the folk-rock movement was just beginning to bloom, and after the dissolution of her first band, Ronstadt went out on her own and quickly found success. As part of the coterie that played at the Troubadour club in West Hollywood, she helped define the musical style that dominated American music in the 1970s, and became the most successful female artist of the decade. She has sold more than 100 million records, won numerous awards, toured all over the world, and collaborated with legends such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Aaron Neville, J.D. Souther, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Bette Midler, and Frank Sinatra, as well as Homer Simpson and Kermit the Frog. By the time she retired in 2009, Ronstadt had spent four decades as one of the most popular singers in the world, becoming the first female artist in popular music to release four consecutive platinum albums.