Chuck Yarborough writing for the Cleveland  Plain Dealer, interviewed Linda Ronstadt and shared the conversation in a well written article.   The first part appears below…with a link the original.

Linda Ronstadt won’t be in New York for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions this year. She’s fighting Parkinson’s disease, and travel is difficult. Not that it matters. She never expected to be there anyway. “I don’t consider myself a rock ’n’ roll singer,’’ said Ronstadt, now 67. “It’s just something I sang. I don’t define myself that way.’’

Ronstadt, whose singing voice has been silenced by her debilitating disease, has appeared on more than 120 albums. At least 30 of them are her own. Another 15 are compilation albums. She’s got 11 Grammy Awards, a pair of Academy of Country Music Awards and an American Latino Media Arts Award.

You could fill a separate hall of fame with the people with whom she’s sung: Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra… the list just goes on and on.

Some of those appear on her new album, a compilation of duets called, appropriately enough, “Duets.’’     read more