The unfortunate retirement of Linda Ronstadt due to Parkinson's disease has caused her career to be looked at in a new light. However, in a new interview, the chart-topping singer says that it has never mattered to her if she gets inducted into that ultimate measure of respectability, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
By the late '70s, Linda Ronstadt had left herself with a pretty tough act to follow, scoring a series of platinum-selling, chart-topping LPs that helped turn her into one of the defining artists of the decade. But with 1978's 'Living in the USA,' she managed to raise the bar for commercial success all over again.
Parkinson's Disease has silenced Linda Ronstadt, but not before she helped reacquaint a generation of music fans in the '70s with then-forgotten rock and R&B songs from the '50s and '60s, even as she introduced figures like Andrew Gold and Warren Zevon to a wider audience.