Once the highest paid female rock artist, singer Linda Ronstadt has revealed that she has lost her ability to sing due to Parkinson's disease.
“No one can sing with Parkingson’s, no matter how hard you try,” she admitted during an interview with AARP Magazine music writer Alanna Nash.
Although she was just diagnosed with the disease 8 months ago, Ronstadt admitted she had been suffering from its symptoms for nearly 8 years, although she thought they were caused by a tick-borne illness and side-effects from a shoulder operation.
“I was completely shocked," when I finally saw a neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she exclaimed.
Born Linda Marie Ronstadt on July 15, 1946 in Tuscon, AZ, Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records starting in the 1970s with pop hits like "You're No Good" and "When Will I Be Loved," before moving on to other genres including folk, country rock, jazz, Latin American, Cajun, big band, pop rock, art rock, operettas and even mariachi music. Although she began with with the Stone Poneys, her solo career has included collaborations with such notable singers as Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, The Eagles, Dolly Parton, Aaron Neville, Rubén Fuentes, and Jackson Browne, to name just a few. She has also won 11 Grammys, 2 Academy of country Music Awards, an ALMA Award and an Emmy.
In addition, Linda has made tabloid news for her romances with California Gov. Jerry Brown and filmmaker George Lucas.
According to the CDC, approximately 50,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the US each year, with most being between the ages of 50-60. Symptoms generally develop slowly and include tremors,muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and ability to walk. Rondstadt now uses poles to help keep her steady as well as a wheelchair when necessary to get around.
To learn more about Parkinson’s readers can contact the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305 800 223-2732/718 981-8001.