roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes,
Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive
singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling
albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the '70s, her
laidback pop never lost sight of her folky roots,
yet as she moved into the '80s, she began to change
her sound with the times, adding new wave influences.
After a brief flirtation with pre-rock pop, Ronstadt
settled into a pattern of adult contemporary pop and
Latin albums, sustaining her popularity in both fields.
While Ronstadt was a student at Arizona State University,
she met guitarist Bob Kimmel. The duo moved to Los
Angeles, where guitarist/songwriter Kenny Edwards
joined the pair. Calling themselves the Stone Poneys,
the group became a leading attraction on California's
folk circuit, recording their first album in 1967.
The band's second album, Evergreen, Vol. 2, featured
the Top 20 hit "Different Drum," which was
written by Michael Nesmith. After recording one more
album with the group, Ronstadt left for a solo career
at the end of 1968.