Discover Linda Ronstadt
Did you know Linda Ronstadt has been called the Queen of Country-Rock? Use this page to discover her connection to country music!
Linda Ronstadt was raised in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up, she listened to many types of music, including folk, rock & roll, country, opera, pop standards, and Mexican ballads, the last of which reflected her father’s heritage. Throughout her decades-long career, she experimented with these genres and worked with many different musicians, including members of the Eagles, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. She also made appearances at the Grand Old Opry, on The Johnny Cash Show, and on Dolly Parton’s TV show, Dolly. In the 1970s, Linda earned the nickname “Queen of Country-Rock,” for her country-rock music. Later in her career, she leaned into her Mexican heritage and released albums of Spanish-language music that she grew up hearing from her father. The versatility and talent shown by Linda have cemented her as one of the most successful and influential vocalists of our time.
Linda’s Spanish Albums
Linda Ronstadt’s Mexican heritage is an important part of who she is as an artist. In 1987, she released Canciones de Mi Padre, her first album of traditional Mexican mariachi and ranchera songs. Canciones de Mi Padre is Spanish for “Songs of My Father.” For each song on the album, she included an English translation and a discussion about the importance of the song.
Linda released two additional Spanish albums, Mas Canciones (1991), Spanish for “more songs,” and Frenesi (1992), Spanish for “frenzy.”