Known In The '70s For: Being a pop, rock, and county star
Linda Ronstadt in the '70s had a rare mojo that seems puzzling today. She came up in the L.A. folk-rock and country-rock scene—playing at the Troubadour, a club where stars like James Taylor, the Eagles, and the Byrds were regulars. Ronstadt started out as a country-rocker, then almost suddenly she was hailed as the Queen of Rock and First Lady of Rock by magazines and critics.
She cultivated a sexy image with her mid-70s album covers: Hasten Down the Wind (1976) featured wind-hastened protruding nipples a la Carly Simon, and Simple Dreams (1977) had her lounging in a silk robe at her vanity. But Living in the U.S.A. (1978) blew them all out of the water for flat-out sexiness: Ronstadt standing in a narrow hallway, wearing short-shorts, tube socks, a white t-shirt, a blue silky jacket, and accessorizing with a short perm hairdo and knee pads. This was an athletic seduction that foreshadowed all sorts of unfortunate '80s fashion and hairstyles. Ronstadt is considered by many to be the greatest female artist of the '70s, and the first arena-level female rock star. And yet, name your three favorite Linda Ronstadt songs. Ok, how about two. See? Puzzling.