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93. Linda Ronstadt

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How many different women have been dubbed the Queen of Rock at some point? Cases have been made for Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner, but Linda Ronstadt who once held that title may actually have actually been more versatile than all three of them, though it seems to be forgotten just how successful she was.


Too many Linda Ronstadt was Rock and Roll’s first female solo superstar. Though many women achieved success on the Rock platform, Ronstadt was a megastar in the 70’s selling out millions of albums and rescuing classic songs from oblivion. Ronstadt was the first female Rock star who could sell out an arena and with a warm voice and a collection of songs with broad Rock and Country appeal she was easily the biggest female Rock star of the 70’s. Her later years saw her embrace other styles (with less commercial appeal) of music but it all went to prove her ability as a singer with unquestioned ability. Considering the bulk of her later work had little Rock quotient, we have to wonder if the Hall has ignored the fact that she was the premier female Rock star for a decade. This should mean something right?







The Bullet Points:


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Tuscon, AZ)


Nominated In:



Why She Will Get In:

She was a megastar at one point with Rock credo.


Why She Won’t Get In:

Her last half of her career does not scream Rock.


Essential Albums:

Heart Like A Wheel (1974)

Prisoner in Disguise (1975)

Simple Dreams (1977)

Living in the U.S.A. (1978)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

When Will I Be Loved (From Heart Like A Wheel, 1974)

You’re No Good (From Heart Like A Wheel, 1974)

Love is a Rose (From Prisoner in Disguise, 1975)

Blue Bayou (From Simple Dreams, 1977)

Ooh Baby Baby (From Living in the U.S.A., 1978)


(Tribute Site)

Should Linda Ronstadt be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put her in! - 42.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 28.6%
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0 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
How do we keep overlooking Miss Ronstadt? What a travesty. A serious no doubter who is not even being discussed. Was there anyone bigger than Linda in the 70's and she has had a pretty big 2nd career doing other styles of music though not rock. this may be why she is getting ignored. If it then it is wrong because many artists have become more adult oriented the older they get and are not penalized (see Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Elton John, etc.) Or maybe it is because she is a beautiful woman. I don't know but whatever it is she needs to be in the hall. Pronto.
0 #2 Smokestoomuch -0001-11-29 19:00
Linda Ronstadt defined the 1970's. She's been the cover on The Rolling Stone SIX times. She has ELEVEN Grammy wins. Rock and Roll, as the name implies, is also about sex and Linda Ronstadt was a Rock and Roll sexual icon for about 20 years. She was super-hot! I would place her #1 on the list.
0 #3 P Smith 2013-01-29 12:58
Since the end of the Jazz era, there have been precious few singers who could be compared to Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn or Dinah Washington.

Ronstadt is one of those few after 1965 who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath. (Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, and Alison Moyet are others.) I say 1965 because Ronstadt first came to prominence with the Stone Poneys and their 1967 hit, "Different Drum". That's how long Ronstadt has been working.
0 #4 Jose 2013-05-23 09:00
Linda Ronstadt deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two reasons. One: She is a true Rock and Roll Queen/Diva. Her music has inspired a legion of fans. Her music has touched our hearts. Second: She is a role model for many Mexican-America ns who grew up rocking to her music. She was the bridge for many of us that helped us assimilate through her music.
0 #5 Richie 2013-10-26 19:23
It's been a long time since her heyday and most young people never heard of her. If she was being considered in 1994 when she was first eligible, she would be a shoo-in. 20 years later, who knows? But there is no doubt in my mind she is the greatest female singer of the 2nd half of fhe 20th century, was the female face of rock and roll in the 1970s and definitely deserving of enshrinement as one of the greats in her generation's hall of fame.

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