Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Spotlight on Linda Ronstadt

I realize the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can't induct every single performer in rock history. It has to be a thankless job for the voters because you can't please everyone. Not even a few.

But often I'm amazed by the artists who have been overlooked by those who deem performers worthy for induction.  I'm not going to write a list of those I believe should be honored but I do plan to have occasional posts about those out of the shrine's limelight.

So drum roll, please!

I was amazed to discover that Linda Ronstadt hasn't been inducted into the Rock Hall. Unbelievable! Unreal! She is simply long overdue.

For those who grew up in the 1960s and '70s, you already know that Ronstadt was huge on the music scene. After he debut with "Different Drum," as a member of the Stone Poneys in the late '60s, she dominated the '70s.
To keep things short and simple, here's something from Wikipedia about Ronstadt's music:
"In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilations or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted thirty-eight Billboard Hot 100 singles with twenty-one reaching the top 40, ten to the top 10, three to No. 2, and "You're No Good" to No. 1. In the UK, her single "Blue Bayou" reached the UK Top 40[7] and the duet with Aaron Neville, "Don't Know Much", peaked at No. 2 in December 1989.[8] In addition, she has charted thirty-six albums, ten Top 10 albums, and three No. 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Charts."

Irwin Stambler's "The Encyclopedia of Rock, Pop and Soul" stated: "By all accounts, Linda Ronstadt is a superstar."

Ronstadt has gone beyond rock to successfully perform big band, jazz, opera, soul, folk, Broadway, Latino, country and more. She's appeared in movies such as "FM" and "The Pirates of Penzance" (also on Broadway), garnered 11 Grammys, and nominated for 17 more.

Why she hasn't already made it into the R&R Hall is, well, unbelievable! This superstar should be shining with the other luminaries in Cleveland. 

Until the next time...

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