Linda Ronstadt's diagnosis ends her career
Parkinson's has left her unable to sing
One of the greatest female voices in music history has been silenced. Linda Ronstadt announced today that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and will never be able to sing again.
In this auto-tune world too many people haven't been exposed to true, great voices. Ronstadt helped define '70s and '80s rock with a voice pure and true. Not many singers would take on Roy Orbison ("Blue Bayou") or many of the other classics she covered, including "Desperado," "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me" and "You're No Good."
BING: Linda Ronstadt live performances
She revealed her condition on the AARP website today, saying "I couldn’t sing, and I couldn’t figure out why.... and it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling."
The diagnosis was devastating.
“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years." As a result, she said, she "can't sing a note."
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”
Here are three of her best performances, and best wishes that she is able to cope with the disease.
I have many of Linda's records. Loved her voice then and now. May god be with you and reach out to those who are also living with Parkinson's. There you will receive the support in living with this devastating disease. God be with you.
My husband has Parkinson's Disease. He can barely make a sound. No volume in lungs.
So sad. Would love to hear him talk again.
Hey everybody look up "Long Long Time" on YouTube. There you'll get exposed to the true nature of Linda's talent. Her voice is completely exposed there is no hiding flaws when trying to sing such as this and she executes it so very well. Listen to her vibrato, never too much, always just right.
Raw, unadulterated talent in all of its beautiful aspect. Then check out "Poor, Poor Pififul Me", "You're No Good", and "It's So Easy" etc., etc., etc.
Her beautiful voice can still bring to tears and reminds me of simpler times. God Bless Linda.
Mr Pinelli, it is plain to see you are a hurting person. She may have had demons to deal with in her life just like we all do, even you, Mr. Pinelli.
Linda being so sick is upsetting to most of us. I am praying for her and her loved ones. Even you, Mr. Pinelli, are being prayed for.
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