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:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Tuscon, AZ)
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.
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)
www.ronstadt-linda.com (Tribute Site)