Multi-Award winner Linda Marie Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona to a family that was featured as a prototype of the American Family in Family Circle Magazine, 1953 issue.
However, Linda's grandfather was a German immigrant who was born in Hannover and married a Mexican lady that eventually relocate to Tucson. Her father was one of the seven Mexican-American children of Arizona's pioneers so Linda was raised in the middle of multi-cultural traditions.
In an interview, Linda Ronstadt revealed that her Tucson life in the early 1960’s was a synonym of boredom except for the Mexican songs that her father and brother used to sing along with her. Otherwise, she had to spend the day listening to the radio broadcasting hits from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.
In fact, Linda Ronstadt began her musical career singing with The New Union Ramblers, a trio she formed with her brother Paul and her sister Gretchen. The trio's repertory consisted of folk, country, and Mexican music that were well accepted in Arizona's coffeehouses and small gigs.
When she was ready for college, she discovered that music was the pathway to take, running away to Los Angeles with her boyfriend Bob Kimmel.
In Los Angeles, Linda Ronstadt met Kenny Edwards and together with Kimmel formed the Stone Poneys, her support band between 1967 and 1970. Although they recorded three albums, the group was dissolved before they earned success, but eventually she would record two solo albums and tour with the band that later became The Eagles.
Through The Eagles Linda Ronstadt met John David Souther, who was not only her boyfriend, but also the songwriter that provided her with some of her major top single hits. From 1972 to 1982, she released 14 albums including other remarkable contributions for such performers as former Eagles Glenn Frey and Don Henley, as well as Jackson Browne, Andrew Gold, Warren Zevon and even Mick Jagger.
From 1982 up to 2007, Linda Ronstadt's multi-platinum albums have featured a large array of musical genres, from 1940’s swing and jazz to contemporary music, not to mention country projects with fellow singers Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, and the Mexican songs she heard from her early days of life.