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Linda Ronstadt’s Road to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

From the Stone Poneys to her own remarkable solo career

Linda Ronstadt

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Linda Ronstadt's incredible career dates all the way back to the mid-1960s when she fronted the Los Angeles folk-rock group the Stone Poneys. They scored a big hit with a cover "Different Drum" (written by future Monkee Mike Nesmith), but Ronstadt soon left the group for her own highly successful solo career – landing hits on the charts with "You're No Good," "When Will I Be Loved" and many others. In 1972 her backing band struck out on their own, calling themselves the Eagles. In later years, she turned towards Spanish music and tracks from the Great American Songbook. She recently announced she's unable to sing due to her ongoing battle with Parkinson's Disease. Here are photos from throughout her career.

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‘Hand Sown’ Portrait

Linda Ronstadt poses for a portrait for her first solo album 'Hand Sown … Home Grown' on March 1, 1968 in Topanga, California. 

Linda Ronstadt

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Linda at the Grammys

Linda Ronstadt attends the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 21, 1990 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. 

Linda Ronstadt

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Linda and Emmylou

Linda Ronstadt performs with Emmylou Harris during the 19th Annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 29th, 2005 in Mountain View, California. 

Linda Ronstadt

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The Trailblazer Award

Linda Ronstadt accepts the Trailblazer award onstage during the 2008 ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on August 17, 2008 in Pasadena, California.

Linda Ronstadt

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Simple Dreams

Linda Ronstadt discusses her new memoir (Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir) on ABC's 'Good Morning America' on September 16th, 2013.

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