Linda Ronstadt: I can’t sing a note
The 67-year-old singer told AARP Magazine, in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note.”
According to Ronstadt she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. However, she attributed her inability to sing to a tick bite. She said her “health has never recovered since then.”
AARP’s music writer, Alanna Nash, will be publishing a wide-ranging interview with the legendary singer next week on aarp.org. In the interview Ronstadt reveals how she discovered that “there was something wrong” with her voice.
“I couldn’t sing,” the Grammy Award winning artist told Nash, “and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.”
Ronstadt says she was “completely shocked,” that she had Parkinson’s disease and “wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.”
According to Ronstadt you simply can’t sing with Parkinson’s disease, “No matter how hard you try.”
Today Ronstadt uses poles for walking on uneven ground, and a wheelchair when she travels.
Ronstadt’s new memoir, ‘Simple Dreams,’ will be out next month. The book doesn’t mention her diagnosis, or the loss of her voice.
Ronstadt helped shape the folk-rock music scene during the late ‘60s and into the ‘70s. She found herself in the news on a number of occasions as she dated California Gov. Jerry Brown and George Lucas.
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