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Tucson to name music hall for native daughter Linda Ronstadt

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Tucson Music Hall Ronstadt (AP2010)

Tucson Music Hall will be renamed in honor of Linda Ronstadt, a southern Arizona native who became a Grammy-winning superstar, Mayor Regina Romero announced Friday.

One of the top artists of the 1970s and a popular singer well into the 21st century, Ronstadt collected nearly a dozen Grammy Awards in categories including country, pop, Latin and children’s music. He stopped singing in 2009 when Parkinson’s disease took away his singing voice.

“Linda Ronstadt is a beloved daughter of Tucson. It is time to honor her legacy and her ability to tell the story of our culture through music,” Romero said in a statement.

Ronstadt hit the music scene in 1967 as the lead singer of the Stone Poneys, a country music trio that included two of her friends from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He later found success as a solo artist in eclectic genres ranging from rock to Mexican ranchera.

She was influenced by the Mexican music that she grew up listening to as a child in Tucson.

“For me, nothing is more satisfying than going home to Tucson and singing with my dad,” Ronstadt once told the Los Angeles Times.

The venue will be formally renamed on May 7 during the International Mariachi Conference Spectacular Concert. Romero’s office said Ronstadt is scheduled to be in Tucson to unveil new signage bearing his name.

“I am fortunate to be a member of a great musical family that has been associated with the city of Tucson since the 19th century,” Ronstadt said in a statement issued by the city. “My entire career was informed and nurtured by the music we made growing up here.”

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