Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/26/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Songstress comes out about her struggle with condition

Multi-millionaire singer Linda Ronstadt came out last week to say that she has Parkinson's disease, and can no longer sing. The 67-year-old singer, with a dynamic vocal range, says she began experiencing symptoms around eight years ago.

Ronstadt turned out chart-scaling hits during the 1970s and '80s, including 'Poor Poor Pitiful Me,' 'You're No Good' and 'Just One Look.' Ronstadt now uses poles to assist her when walking on uneven ground and travels with a wheelchair.

Ronstadt turned out chart-scaling hits during the 1970s and '80s, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "You're No Good" and "Just One Look." Ronstadt now uses poles to assist her when walking on uneven ground and travels with a wheelchair.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/26/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: Linda Ronstadt, Parkinson's disease, singer, career, symptoms


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ronstadt discussed her disease with AARP magazine in an interview. The 11-time Grammy Award winner's memoir, "Simple Dreams," will be published next month.

Diagnosed about eight months ago, Ronstadt said she began experiencing symptoms eight years ago, such as hand tremors and trouble controlling the muscles that allowed her to sing. "No one can sing with Parkinson's disease," Ronstadt said. "No matter how hard you try."

She formerly attributed the ailments to a tick bite until she was finally properly diagnosed by a neurologist.

"I couldn't sing," she told AARP music reporter Alanna 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."

She also says that she had undergone a shoulder operation, believed to be the culprit for her trembling hands.

"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked," she said. "I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years."

Throughout her career, which began when she was just 14 years old singing with her siblings, Ronstadt accumulated 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in "The Pirates of Penzance." She released her first studio album in 1969 ("Hand Sown . Home Grown") and her most recent in 2006 ("Adieu False Heart").

Ronstadt turned out chart-scaling hits during the 1970s and '80s, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "You're No Good" and "Just One Look." Ronstadt now uses poles to assist her when walking on uneven ground and travels with a wheelchair.

The 11-time Grammy winner's last album was released in 2006.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Music

Christian singer Danny Gokey's shares how wife's death tested - then strengthened his faith Watch

Image of His wife Sophia's death did not immediately call Danny Gokey's faith into question, recalling the moments of darkness that he said crept up during the healing process.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Singer Danny Gokey, who came in third place on season eight of "American Idol," has gone on to a flourishing musical career. The 34-year-old Christian singer shared how the unexpected death of his wife Sophia, a few weeks before his national television debut, ... continue reading


Iconic Sixties pop singer Lesley Gore dies at 68 Watch

Image of Lesley Gore had four Top 5 singles in 1963, including the sunnier anthem

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Lesley Gore was a female pop singer of the early Sixties - with a marked difference. Her first hit record, "It's My Party" charted when she was all of 17 years of age. The song was a peek into how cruel teenage girls could be to each other. Her so-called friend ... continue reading


Amazing love song medley mashes up the greatest love songs from the 60s to now just in time for Valentine's Day Watch

Image of David Osmond, Ashley Hess and Eric Thayne in their love song medley YouTube video.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Five talented musicians take you on a fun time-trip with their love song medley that takes songs from different decades in their viral YouTube video. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ashley Hess, AJ Rafael, David Osmond, Maddie Wilson and Eric Thayne start off in ... continue reading


Newcomer Sam Smith rocks the Grammys, winning Best Song, Record and New Artist of the Year Watch

Image of British newcomer Sam Smith, all of 22 years of age, knocked it out of the ballpark at this year's Grammy awards. Wining both Song and Record of the Year for his

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

British newcomer Sam Smith, all of 22 years of age, knocked it out of the ballpark at this year's Grammy awards. Wining both Song and Record of the Year for his "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Smith also won Best New Artist of the Year. LOS ANGELES ... continue reading


Rock drummer Dallas Taylor beat addiction and encouraged others; dies at 66 Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Imagine a lifestyle so reckless that Who drummer Keith Moon would advise you at one point to slow it down! Such was the case of rock drumming great Dallas Taylor, who pounded the skins for such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Taylor has ... continue reading


Legendary Gospel singer Andrae Crouch dies at 72 Watch

Image of Andrae Crouch along with his sister, Sandra Crouch, lived in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Arguably, the most prominent name attached to Gospel and contemporary Christian music, singer, songwriter and performer Andrae Crouch has died from a massive heart attack at the age of 72. Battling health issues in his later years, such as cancer and diabetes, ... continue reading


'Gangnam Style' breaks YouTube's bank - surpassing 2,147,483,647 views! Watch

Image of Dating as far back as 2012,

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

A high-energy music video with a catchy techno beat has proved that sometimes, there is such a thing as being "too popular." "Said video, "Gangnam Style" by South Korean rapper PSY has proven to be an international super smash. So much so, that YouTube's ... continue reading


Here's the right song for the season! Listen and share, 'Mary Did You Know?' by Pentatonix Watch

Image of Mary did you know?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Here is a new, moving take on a Christmas classic. We know it's a bit early for Christmas, but as long as it moves us closer to Mary and our Beloved Jesus Christ, it transcends the holiday and touches our heart, no matter the season. Mary did you know that your baby ... continue reading


Legendary blues bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71 Watch

Image of Jack Bruce formed Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce along with co-writer Peter Brown, for penning the majority of the band's songs.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Jack Bruce, bassist and singer for the classic rock group Cream, has died aged 71. He had been suffering from liver disease. Announced on his official Web site this week, his death was confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers. "Jack died today at his home in ... continue reading


Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders dead at 76 Watch

Image of Paul Revere kept touring well into his later years, in spite of an ongoing battle with cancer.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Kicks" keep getting' harder to find, Paul Revere - his real name, sort of - of Paul Revere and the Raiders warned in their hit single. "Kicks" was a staunch anti-drug anthem at a time when a generation was encouraged to tune in, turn and drop out. Decked out ... continue reading


All Music News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:16-19
16 'Yahweh your God commands you today to observe ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 5:43-48
43 'You have heard how it was said, You will love ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 28th, 2015 Image

St. Hilary, Pope
February 28: Pope from 461-468 and guardian of Church unity. He was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter