LINDA RONSTADT: Celebrating her 72nd birthday living her life with Parkinson's
Four years after revealing that Parkinson's had ended her singing career, Linda Ronstadt tells the San Francisco Chronicle, "You have to have a life, but I have to be very selective about what I do."
While fans learned of the sudden and sad news about her diagnosis in 2014, Ronstadt says she began experiencing trouble singing more than a decade earlier. "I knew it wasn’t age. Doctors looked at my larynx and said it was in perfect condition, that I had a teenage larynx."
But the neurological impairment -- the same one Michael J. Fox lives with -- first forced Ronstadt to sing with "a limited palette" on her 2004 jazz album Hummin' to Myself. Her final concert took place five years later.
Her current project, the multi-media retrospective A Conversation With Linda was staged this spring in Tucson and Phoenix. After taking the summer off, the now 71-year old has three California shows set for September.