TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Music Hall will be renamed in honor of Linda Ronstadt, a southern Arizona native who went on to become a Grammy-winning superstar, Mayor Regina Romero announced Friday.
One of the top performers of the 1970s and a popular singer well into the 21st century, Ronstadt racked up nearly a dozen Grammys in categories including country, pop, Latin and children’s music. She stopped singing in 2009 when Parkinson’s disease robbed her of her singing voice.
“Linda Ronstadt is a beloved daughter of Tucson. It’s time to honor her legacy and her ability to tell the story of our culture through music,” Romero said in a statement.
Ronstadt broke onto the music scene in 1967 as the lead singer of the Stone Poneys, a country folk trio that included two of her friends from the University of Arizona at Tucson. She later found success as a solo artist in a variety of genres ranging from rock to Mexican ranchera.
She was influenced by the Mexican music she grew up listening to in Tucson as a child.
“There’s nothing more satisfying to me than going home to Tucson and singing with my dad,” Ronstadt once told the Los Angeles Times.
The venue will be officially rebranded on May 7th during the Espectacular Concert of the International Mariachi Conference. Romero’s office said Ronstadt is expected to be in Tucson to unveil new signs bearing her name.
“I am fortunate to be a member of a large family of musicians that has been associated with the city of Tucson since the 1800s,” Ronstadt said in a statement released by the city. “My entire career has been shaped and nurtured by the music we made growing up here.”