The legendary singer, Linda Ronstadt’s 4 decade career came to an abrupt close after a tick bite. She tell’s AARP blog that life wasn’t normal after that.
I couldn’t sing,” she told Nash, “and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.
“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” said Ronstadt. “No matter how hard you try.”
It’s so sad to see someone who had such an amazing influence on our genre unable to continue doing what they loved. Linda has a new book out on September 17th, Simple Dreams, that ironically doesn’t discuss her diagnosis.