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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Music Hall will be renamed in honor of Linda Ronstadt, a Southern Arizona native who became a Grammy-winning superstar, Mayor Regina Romero announced Friday.
One of the best performers of the 1970s and a popular singer well into the 21st century, Ronstadt has collected nearly a dozen Grammys in categories including country, pop, Latin music and children’s music. She stopped singing in 2009 when Parkinson’s disease robbed her of her singing voice.
“Linda Ronstadt is a beloved girl from Tucson. It’s time to honor her legacy and her ability to tell the story of our culture through music,” Romero said in a statement.
Ronstadt came onto the music scene in 1967 as the lead singer of the Stone Ponies, a country-folk trio that included two of her friends from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Later, she found success as a solo artist in eclectic genres ranging from rock to Mexican ranchera.
She was influenced by the Mexican music she grew up listening to as a child in Tucson.
“For me, nothing is more satisfying than coming home to Tucson and singing with my dad,” Ronstadt told the Los Angeles Times.
The venue will be officially renamed on May 7 during the International Mariachi Conference Espectacular Concert. Romero’s office said Ronstadt was to travel to Tucson to unveil new signage bearing his name.
“I am fortunate to be a member of a large musical family associated with the city of Tucson since the 1800s,” Ronstadt said in a statement released by the city. “My whole career has been informed and nurtured by the music we made while I was growing up here.”