I just happened to feel like playing some music videos I had saved of Linda Ronstadt tonight, when I read some comments that said she couldn’t sing any more due to Parkinson’s disease, that NO ONE could sing with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, which would be like death anyway, even if you didn’t have her voice, which is/has been/was the greatest thing ever. Oh, and, anyway, Google says that it’s true–she’s announced that very thing. She could throw away more incredible sounds than anyone could ever try for. Please, whether they are allowed to play here or not, listen to Linda Ronstadt and Bobby Darin Long Long Time, or to any Linda Ronstadt Love Has No Pride, or any Linda Ronstadt Willin’. When I win the lottery, her version of “Willin'” will be my ringtone. Although I’ve never watched the whole thing, I believe she was silly when confronting Howard Stern’s friend Robin Quivers on some show, and has been ridiculed for her politics, but, in her prime, she was head and shoulders above any other voice in the history of fucking singing. Effortlessly.
Linda’s “Love Has No Pride”:
Bobby Darin was a big star in the 1960s, but he died too young. He had his own show, apparently, and thought so much of Linda Ronstadt that he played acoustic guitar for her. I love the white-haired lady here who will not be denied her viewing of Bobby after Linda moves down to the main stage to sing:
Linda Ronstadt’s version of “Willin'”: