Friday, September 5, 2008
The Queen of Rock
Linda Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and entertainer whose vocal styles in a variety of genres have successfully resonated with the general public over the course of a four-decade-long career. She began her career in the mid-1960s with the folk-rock group the Stone Poneys. After the break-up of the Stone Poneys, Linda entered the country music field. In 1969, with the release of Hand Sown... Home Grown, Linda became the first female singer to release an alt-country album. Linda achieved her greatest commercial success in the mid-1970s when she became the first female rock superstar and the top-selling female vocalist for that decade. During this period, she became widely known as The Queen of Rock and The Queen of Country Rock. Linda's style is influenced by her half-Mexican background. She often wore off-the-shoulder frilly shirts and braids.