Tucson Mayor Declares July 15 as Linda Ronstadt Day

by Emily Morgan

July 15th marked Linda Ronstadt’s 75th birthday— and what better way to celebrate than to have your own official day in your hometown. 

In honor of the icon, the mayor, Mayor Regina Romero, declared July 15th, 2021, as Linda Ronstadt Day. 

In a Facebook post from Tuesday, Romero honored the grammy-winning artist for her “substantial contributions to varied musical genres.” They also thanks her for “sharing the character and culture of her Southwest community with the rest of the world. 

The “You’re No Good” singer was born in Tucson, Arizona on July 15th, 1946. She attended the local Catalina High School and briefly studied at the University of Arizona. After, she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in the mid-1960s to embark on her long-winded journey in the music business. 

Per Romero, Linda Ronstadt Day highlights the Tucsonan’s “enormous range as she traveled from The Old Pueblo to the top 40 with the utmost personal authenticity.”

Linda Rondstadt was among the most successful artists of her era. She sold out arenas due to the popularity of hits such as “When Will I Be Loved” and “Blue Bayou.”

She first began her ascension to stardom with the breakthrough hit single from 1967, “Different Drum.”

The song was credited to the Stone Poneys that included Ronstadt. Yet, she was able to make her name as a solo act thanks to her ten Top 20 singles. Of the ten, it included “You’re No Good” and “Hurt So Bad.”

The Unlimited Reach of Linda Ronstadt’s Career

Off the charts, she explored almost every avenue of music, from her Broadway role in Pirates Of Penzance to her multiplatinum renditions of the Great American Songbook with Nelson Riddle, singing the mariachi classics in “Canciones de mi Padre.” 

Who could forget when she made country music history by partnering with powerhouse voices, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. 

In addition to her Grammys and American County Music Awards, she also garnered a Tony nomination in 1981 for The Pirates of Penzance. Later, she moved on from her original sound and began recording albums that sought to celebrate the Great American Songbook. She worked alongside conductor Nelson Riddle on that project.

Sadly, years later, she had to retire from her decades-long singing career. She had been diagnosed with a rare condition called progressive supranuclear palsy, similar to Parkinson’s disease. 

Linda Ronstadt gave her last performance in 2009 and retired two years later. However, she returned to touring briefly from 2014 to 2018.

Although she’s no longer performing, she’s still taking home awards. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” which was a heartfelt documentary, based on her life, won Best Music Film at the Grammy Awards in March. 

This past October, she received the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Legend Award on PBS.