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Friday, September 20, 2013

Sad... Linda Ronstadt Talks Losing Her Singing Voice to Parkinson's Disease on GMA

(Via Billboard)

 "The iconic singer discussed her career and recent diagnosis in a wide-ranging conversation at Manhattan's 92Y on Wednesday. "I just can't make the sounds. … The first note comes out, and then my voice goes into a cramp," Linda Ronstadt told a packed audience at Manhattan’s 92Y Wednesday night.

 In a wide-ranging conversation with journalist John Rockwell, the iconic 67-year-old singer spoke about her recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, her myriad musical influences and the fact that her condition made it no longer possible for her to sing. 

 "I miss it every day," she said. "Singing is something I've done since I was 2 years old." 

The evening, part of a tour publicizing Ronstadt's recently published book Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was mostly lighthearted and music-oriented, centering on her versatile career in which she sold some 100 million records and won 12 Grammy Awards."

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Hear a more in depth interview on NPR's Fresh Air

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