Good morning everyone! I hope you’re doing well! Today I’m taking you WAY back with a few songs by Linda Ronstadt. Her version of “Heat Wave” was released in 1975. The song was originally sang by Martha & the Vandellas in 1963. I listened to Linda Ronstadt as a little girl. My grandparents liked her country and ranchera (traditional Mariachi music) sound. From time to time, I remember them playing her cassettes. When I got older, I learned to appreciate her music. Linda Ronstadt retired from music in 2011. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013. Throughout the years, she collaborated with several musicians like Aaron Neville, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, etc. Accoring to Rolling Stone, a trio box set featuring Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris is set for release on Sept. 9. The box set will include unreleased material and alternative takes. You can take a look at the story here. According to Wikipedia, Linda Ronstadt has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards and many others. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
I was reminded of her music when “Blue Bayou” was recently performed on The Voice by Alisan Porter. I love Alisan’s Porter’s version! I included both versions of the song below. Linda Ronstadt’s version of Blue Bayou was released in 1977. I also included one of her rancheras.
Linda Ronstadt’s version
A Linda Ronstadt ranchera