Linda Ronstadt -One of the greatest female voices in music history will never sing again in her life after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease .
The Grammy-winning pop singer in an interview with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), to be published in full this week said that she “can’t sing a note” because of the disease, which she was diagnosed with eight months ago.
The singer, 67, explains she actually began exhibiting symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, “seven or eight years ago”, but attributed them to other health issues including a tick bite and a shoulder operation.
“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. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she explains. “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try.”
Ronstadt released her first album in 1969 and enjoyed her greatest success in the ’70s, when her LPs ‘Heart Like A Wheel’, ‘Simple Dreams’ and ‘Living In The USA’ all topped the US albums chart. In the UK, she is perhaps best known for ‘Don’t Know Much’, her duet with Aaron Neville, which reached Number 2 in 1989.