Ronstadt recorded rock, country, folk, and Latin music during her career and won 11 Grammy Awards. Now 77, the music icon retired from singing in 2011 due to vocal decline and health issues. In 2016 she was given a lifetime achievement award from the Grammys and in 2019 was awarded a Kennedy Center honor.
Now, onto the question on everyone’s mind: Is there a role in here for Taylor Swift? Well, maybe a cameo as a young Emmylou Harris. In 2013, Ronstadt looked back on their friendship during a conversation on NPR, reflecting, “Having a singing sister like Emmylou Harris—what a gift in my life. You know, she opened doors for me musically that I never would have been able to open by myself because she was as passionate as I was about offbeat, quirky art song and traditional music. She didn’t care whether it was going to be a hit or not, either. She just wanted to sing it. If it really told her story, there was nothing that was going to get away—in the way of her telling her story. So that told it the best. She was going to do that song and do it right. It was like going through the woods with, like, Hansel and Gretel, you know, leaving a little trail of breadcrumbs. We left our little notes behind in hope we could find our way back.”
Sounds like another pair of besties we know….
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