“Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou”

21 Apr
“Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou”

Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award.

Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine,[5] Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.[6][7] Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times noted in 2004, Ronstadt is “Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation … rarest of rarities – a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive … It’s an exceptional gift; one shared by few others.”[8]

In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at #2, and “You’re No Good” at #1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single “Blue Bayou” reaching the UK Top 40.[9] Her duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”, peaked at #2 in December 1989.[10] In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three #1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart.

In a 2011 interview with the Arizona Daily Star she said, “I am 100 percent retired and I’m not doing anything any more”. It was announced publicly in August 2013 that Ronstadt had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.[11]

Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir,[12] was released in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014.[13] On July 28, 2014, she was awarded one of the twelve 2013 National Medals of Arts and Humanities.



24 responses to ““Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou”

  1. Jonathan Caswell

    November 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  2. America On Coffee

    November 11, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Yes, this song is so nicely sung and there is a beautiful excitement about it. Thank you for your appreciation!


  3. Jonathan Caswell

    November 11, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    ORT-ORT-! ( My Seal…of appreciation)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

    November 14, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    So sad that her beautiful voice has been silenced by Parkinson’s Disease but it has not quenched her spirit

    Liked by 2 people

  5. America On Coffee

    November 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    This is sad to learn!


  6. Bumba

    July 8, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Roy Orbison’s original version of the song is also worth a listen. Talk about a set of pipes!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Dermott Hayes

    July 28, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Don’t know why but it wouldn’t play for me. No worries, I have several versions of the song, including Roy Orbison’s and Linda Ronstadt’s. Her version was given knew life in the movie, Man on Fire, with Denzel Washington

    Liked by 1 person

  8. America On Coffee

    July 28, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I’m sorry DermottHayes, maybe you should try again. We’ve checked and re-checked several times and, it sounds great :-)


  9. America On Coffee

    July 28, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Maybe you should try again, Dermott. We’ve re-checked it many times and, it sounds great.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Dermott Hayes

    July 28, 2016 at 1:28 am

    It was my phone and I was lying in bed. Now I’m up, coffee in hand and music playing. First two tracks I put on were Linda and the Big O’s, Blue Bayous.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Dermott Hayes

    July 28, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Thank you for checking it and I’m sorry if I put you through any bother.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. America On Coffee

    July 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    No problem. Thanks for the raincheck. Google-youtube can be quite difficult.


  13. America On Coffee

    July 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Coffee first …Dermott,.or nothing works. Ha, ha, ha, ha! :-) Have a beautiful, inspirational day!!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Dermott Hayes

    July 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I bought an espresso machine that makes beautiful, hot, frothy coffee. I can look forward to getting up

    Liked by 1 person

  15. America On Coffee

    July 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    An espesso machine can be pretty expensive…but going ‘big time’ means the best. I hope your morning kitchen smells as good as mine… Sensational aromas of Italian roast, French roast and Colombian dark stream from my kitchen cupboard. Enjoy your new, exciting wakeups!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Light Ministry Blog

    March 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Incredible voice! An all-time fav…

    Liked by 1 person

  17. America On Coffee

    March 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Very pleased to share this talented artist and her song with you! Have a fantastic weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. chevvy8

    March 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Oh this song pulls at my heart strings. I used to love singing this song once when I could reach those high notes.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. America On Coffee

    March 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Brings to mind my hangouts at the marinas! So fun ! Thanks Chevvy8 for enjoying AOC shares and have a pleasant weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. chevvy8

    March 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you. Cool blog! Enjoy your weekend too! 😊 Chevvy

    Liked by 1 person

  21. America On Coffee

    March 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Together we are those great memories! !

    Liked by 1 person

  22. chevvy8

    March 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Most certainly, we are! I look forward to more visits with you😊

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Light Ministry Blog

    March 13, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Very kind. I seem to remember rumors that Ca. Governor Jerry Brown was dating Ronstadt on his first go-around in office back in the 1970’s…

    Liked by 1 person

  24. America On Coffee

    March 13, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Oh Well!!😄

    Liked by 1 person


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