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Linda Ronstadt: From Tucson to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, her lifetime love affair with music

There’s a scene in Linda Ronstadt’s memoir, “Simple Dreams,” where her sister is playing piano in the family’s Tucson home while her brother, the soprano, sings.

As she writes in the book, “I said, ‘I want to try that.’ My sister turned to my brother and said, ‘Think we got a soprano here.’ I was about four. I remember thinking, ‘I’m a singer, that’s what I do.’ It was like I had become validated somehow, my existence affirmed.”

That affirmation would only increase on the path to becoming the most successful female singer of her generation, selling out “stupid” arenas, as she calls them, thanks to hits as huge as “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.”

Linda Ronstadt’s music and memoir

She’s won lifetime achievement awards from both the Grammys and the Latin Grammys. Although she prefers singing standards and Mexican folk songs to Elvis Costello, she took her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

By the time of that induction, Ronstadt had retired. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in late 2012, she’s unable to sing.

But she’s bringing a tour called “A Conversation with Linda” to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on April 26.

 Read the rest of her story over at AZCentral.com, click here.