By: Gary Graff
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination has come as something of a surprise for Linda Ronstadt.
The singer, a steady rock hitmaker during the 70s and early 80s before turning to standards and Mexican music, tells us that despite her success her opinion of her own work has never been particularly high:
"I always thought I couldn't sing very well. I was always very frustrated by it, and I was always sorta disappointed by it, y'know? Everything I did always fell short of my expectations...I wasn't very good when I started, but the good news is I got better. I didn't become the greatest singer in all of pop music, but I became, at least for my time, the most diverse...I wish it had all been better, but it wasn't. It's what it was, and I got to make it better later. I wish the records had been better, but they were as good as I could do at the time."
Ronstadt, who suffers with Parkinson's disease, published her autobiography "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir" in September.
She's nominated for the Rock Hall along with Kiss, Yes, Peter Gabriel, the Zombies, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and others; the 2014 inductees will be announced in January.
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