Pop Culture: Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt Shines a Spotlight Her Mexican Roots

Linda Ronstadt was once hailed the “highest paid women in rock.” But in 1987, the beloved singer/songwriter shed that rock star image to pay tribute to her gente, specifically her father and his family. Ronstadt released Canciones de Mi Padre, an album of traditional Mexican folk songs. She even appeared on the album’s cover art in full Mexican regalia. The canciones were a big part of Ronstadt's family tradition and musical roots and included songs her grandfather had brought with him from Sonora. The album won Ronstadt a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance. But the real achievement was the disc's double-platinum (over 2 million copies sold) certification—making it the biggest-selling non-English language album in U.S. music history.

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.