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Emmylou Harris, left, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton long admired each other and blended their talents on two albums.
Brown and Ronstadt traveled in Africa for a week on a private vacation.SAN FRANCISCO — Linda Ronstadt can no longer sing, which is about as cruel as an irony can get."I wish I could," says Ronstadt, 67.The 10-time Grammy Award winner is coping with the onset of Parkinson's, the degenerative brain disease that also afflicts Michael J. "Not even in the shower."So it is with some surprise that, for a fleeting moment during an expansive conversation covering everything from past loves to her passion for You Tube, the voice returns.So she really can't turn on When Will I Be Loved and enjoy it? "Rhythm was a problem for me, so phrasing was a problem," she says.
"When I learned to sing Mexican music (she released Canciones de Mi Padre in Spanish in 1987), that helped me learn how to phrase."And besides, she's not really big on awards, she says."I just don't think about music in that way, I never have and I'm not going to start now," she says resolutely. I'm happy to have it, but it's not something I need.
I love that."Ronstadt has always been "a feisty sort, so perhaps at a moment when most people are dutifully respectful, she's taking an edgier approach" to the Rock Hall news, says Anthony De Curtis, contributing editor at Rolling Stone."She's never felt entirely comfortable in the rock world, though her induction certainly is for her contributions to a whole range of music," he says.