Linda Ronstadt Writing Her Memoir

By: | 07/29/2011 10:09 AM ET

Linda Ronstadt Memoir - Singer Linda Ronstadt is writing her memoirs in a book titled “Heart Like A Wheel”. The title is the same as on of her albums and planned to be released in 2013. The book, to be published by New York-based Simon & Schuster, will describe Ronstadt’s rise to fame and career.

Her life story includes winning 10 Grammy awards and proving herself in a variety of musical styles from rock to opera. She also dated California Gov. Jerry Brown, back when he first led the state in the 1970s. The 65-year-old Ronstadt has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, Simon & Schuster said.

A singer and record producer, she is recognized as a definitive interpreter of songs. Being one of music’s most versatile and commercially successful female singers in U.S. history, she is recognized for her many public stages of self-reinvention and incarnations. With a one time standing as the Queen of Rock where she was bestowed the title of “highest paid woman in rock”, and known as the First Lady of Rock, she has more recently emerged as music matriarch, international arts advocate and Human Rights advocate.

In total, she has released over 30 solo albums, more than 15 compilations or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt has charted thirty-eight Billboard Hot 100 singles, twenty-one of which have reached the top 40, ten of which have reached the top 10, three peaking at No. 2, the No. 1 hit, “You’re No Good”.

In the UK, her single “Blue Bayou” reached the UK Top 40 and the duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”, peaked at #2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted thirty-six albums, ten Top 10 albums, and three No. 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Charts. The Arizona-born singer’s 1974 album “Heart Like a Wheel” is one of her most popular releases, and her hit songs include “Desperado” and “Different Drum.”

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