Blue Bayou: Linda Ronstadt and Parkinson’s

ROCK BALLADEER. Ronstadt in the 1970s, the height of her fame. Photos from her Facebook

Iconic US singer Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note” anymore, she said, after Parkinson’s disease stole her voice. Although she was diagnosed just 8 months ago, the 67-year-old singer, who’s behind the 1970s hit remakes of “Blue Bayou” and “That’ll Be the Day,” said in a recent interview that the symptoms first started appearing as far back as 8 years. The singer sometimes relies on a cane to walk and uses a wheelchair while traveling. Parkinson’s is a degenerative nerve disease that causes tremors, stiffness, and slowed movement. Ronstadt hit it big in the 1970s, becoming one of the best-paid singers in country and rock ‘n’ roll.

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