President Honors Linda Ronstadt With National Medal of Arts

Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she’s been asking for decades: “When Will I Be Loved?”

The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, “I had a little crush on her back in the day.”

The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn’t make it to her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April since Parkinson’s disease limits her ability to travel. A military aide brought her into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked to the stage to receive her award as a citation was read honoring her “one-of-a-kind voice” that paved the way for generations of women artists.


Wishing A Very Happy Birthday To Our Queen Linda Ronstadt, She’s 68 Today!


Linda Ronstadt, c. 1974/1975.

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More Linda, Kris, Ramblin Jack and Rosalie, 1972.



Linda Ronstadt with Kris Kristofferson, Ramblin Jack Elliott and Rosalie Sorrels having a discussion in the dressing room at the Wisconsin Music Festival.




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Linda Ronstadt, c. 1969.

Linda Ronstadt, c. 1969.


Linda Ronstadt and Billy Eckstine on Playboy After Dark (1970) singing “God Bless The Child”


Linda Ronstadt’s 1970 album, “Silk Purse,” under Capitol Records. Hand painted billboard along the famed Sunset Strip.



Linda Ronstadt performs at Stokely Athletic Center on Oct. 26, 1975. (University of Tennessee Libraries)

Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years


By  | April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT

The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with ‘Duets,’ which spurs her best chart rank since 1990

New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto theBillboard 200, as her new compilation “Duets” debuts at No. 32. The bow instantly grants Ronstadt her highest-charting album since 1990.

The multi-genre performer last charted higher with “Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind” (featuring Aaron Neville), which peaked at No. 7 on March 17, 1990. That set spawned three hit singles with Neville on the Billboard Hot 100, including the smash No. 2 ballad “Don’t Know Much.” It also produced the No. 11 hit “All My Life” and her so-far final Hot 100 entry, “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” which topped out at No. 78. (“Much” and “Life” each topped Adult Contemporary, while “Baby” rose to No. 5.)

The new compilation includes “Much” and boasts collaborations with Don Henley, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. Her 1987 No. 2 Hot 100 hit with James Ingram, “Somewhere Out There,” is also on the set. One previously-unreleased cut rounds out the 15-song collection: “Pretty Bird,” with Laurie Lewis.

The new Billboard 200 chart feat and Rock Hall induction comes at a time of crossroads for the singer, who announced in 2013 that she is unable to sing because of Parkinson’s disease. Still, “Duets” is her 35th charting album, stretching back to 1970’s “Silk Purse,” which hit No. 103. She’s scored 10 Billboard 200 top 10s, including three No. 1s: “Heart Like a Wheel” (1975), “Simple Dreams” (1977) and “Living in the USA” (1978).

On the Hot 100, Ronstadt has charted 34 songs, 10 of which reached the top 10 and one of which hit No. 1: 1975’s “You’re No Good.”

Ronstadt, who could not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10 (as travel is very difficult for her), was celebrated at the event via an all-star performance. A quintet of leading women (along with Glenn Frey) sang for Ronstadt: Sheryl Crow, Harris, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt and Carrie Underwood.


Waddy Wachtel, Andrew Gold, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Edwards - 8/10/76 Ravina Festival

Glenn Frey insists Linda Ronstadt is doing ‘fine’


Eagles rocker Glenn Frey has assured fans old friend and collaborator Linda Ronstadt is doing well after she was forced to skip her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday due to ill health.

The “Blue Bayou” singer, 67, was a member of the Class of 2014 feted during a ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y., but she was a no-show after recently revealing her battle with Parkinson’s disease had made traveling cross-country from Los Angeles too difficult for her.

But Frey, who did turn out to the event to honor his pal, insists devotees have no need to worry as she is feeling good otherwise.

The rocker says, “I spoke to her a couple of days ago. … She’s got a very bad back and she can’t sit for too long without lying down and she can’t lie down for too long without sitting up. But she’s doing fine.

“At this time, I just think it was a little much to ask her to fly across the country for this (induction).”

In Ronstadt’s absence, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris paid tribute to the singer by performing a medley of her hits for the Barclays Center crowd.

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