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.