"Linda Marie Ronstadt" (born July 15 1946) is an American singer most closely associated with the country rock genre prevalent in the 1970s. Though an occasional songwriter herself, she is better known as an interpreter of other songwriters' works.
Though she began her recording career singing folk music with her band the Stone Poneys in the mid- to late-1960s, Ronstadt has been credited as a solo artist with singing in extraordinarily diverse genres ranging from more traditional country to rhythm & blues and including, among others, new wave, opera, cajun and mariachi. In its biography on her http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/68452/biography artist page, ''Rolling Stone"s Web site reads, "The dulcet purity -- and sheer power -- of her voice stands out right from the start.... In the '70s, Ronstadt rose to prominence as a keen, often definitive interpreter of young singer/songwriters."
Ronstadt's success is, in part, connected with the influence she had on or the influence she received from artists such as Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, with whom she recorded two well-received and award-winning "trio" albums, as well as J. D. Souther, The Eagles, Andrew Gold, Hoyt Axt...
|years active||1967 – present|
|music genre||Pop music|