COSTUMES, AWARDS CONSIGNED DIRECTLY BY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
By Garry Shrum
Years before she was an international superstar, Linda Ronstadt listened to Mexican music. In fact, she says it was Mexican music that inspired her to sing, launching a career that would lead to 11 Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I heard a lot of that growing up, and I heard really good Mexican music,” the Tucson, Ariz., native, tells The Intelligent Collector. “I heard really traditional huapangos that have indigenous rhythms from Huasteca. They’re not Afro-Cuban rhythms [and] they’re not west African rhythms. They’re Mexican indigenous rhythms, so they really have beautiful rhythms and beautiful local techniques with a lot of falsetto. I like that a lot.”
It was a love that Ronstadt (b.1946) honored with the release of Canciones De Mi Padre (Songs of My Father), the 1987 album that remains the biggest-selling non-English language album in American record history. Her father, Gilbert, was of German, English and Mexican ancestry.
The elaborate folklorico costume Ronstadt wore in the late 1980s and 1990s, and more than two dozen other items consigned directly by the singer, are featured in Heritage’s entertainment auction scheduled for Nov. 12, 2016, in Dallas.
Also included are Ronstadt’s Billboard Award, Playboy Music Awards, and certificates for her Grammy nomination for Blue Bayou (Record of the Year) and Tony nomination for The Pirates of Penzance (Best Performance by a Leading Actress).
“Linda Ronstadt is an American legend,” says Margaret Barrett, director of Heritage’s Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Department in Beverly Hills. “From country and folk-rock to adult contemporary pop and Latin albums, she is one of our living legends. Her fans will appreciate this chance to own pieces from one of music’s most successful performers.”