Linda Maria Ronstadt, 15 July 1946, Tucson, Arizona, USA. The daughter of a professional musician, Ronstadts first singing experience was gained with her sisters in the Three Ronstadts. She met guitarist Bob Kimmel at Arizonas State University and together the two aspirants moved to Los Angeles, where they were joined by songwriter Kenny Edwards. Taking the name the Stone Poneys, the trio became popular among the citys folk fraternity and had a US Top 20 hit with Different Drum. Ronstadt embarked on a solo career in 1968. Her early solo albums, Hand Sown... Home Grown and Silk Purse, signalled a move towards country-flavoured material, albeit of a more conservative nature. The singers third album marked a major turning point and featured a core of excellent musicians, including Don Henley, Glen Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, who subsequently formed the Eagles. The content emphasized a contemporary approach, with songs by...
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