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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inducts Linda Ronstadt

Lauren DeGroot April 16, 2014

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

For Linda Ronstadt fans, learning that the singer had Parkinson’s last year was a tough blow as the disease slowly overtook her singing voice. Perhaps then her long-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year alongside Nirvana, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Brian Epstein, The E Street Band and Andrew Loog Oldham helped soothe the sting.

Obviously unable to perform at the ceremony herself, some special ladies took up the task in her place. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood all stepped onto the floor to pay homage and offer tribute to Ronstadt, who was a close friend to some and an idol to others. After all, to be honored by reigning industry royalty is only fitting for one of the most influential voices of her generation.

Underwood began the set flying solo on “Different Drum,” pausing afterwards to welcome Raitt and Harris to the stage with her.

Raitt and Harris took the lead together for the slow and winding “Blue Bayou.”

After the trio finished, Raitt leaned into the mic and professed, “We love you, Linda!” Little asides like this throughout the evening reaffirmed the authentic love for Ronstadt that so many in the audience shared. Crow was called on next, taking the spotlight for a rendition of “You’re No Good.”

Last but not least, Nicks graced the stage, kicking off the penultimate song of the set, “It’s So Easy To Fall In Love.” Nicks shared a touching anecdote about being inspired by Ronstadt as a young woman before the ensemble finished the set with “When Will I Be Loved.”

Ronstadt’s absence from the ceremony certainly gave the induction a bittersweet tint, but the love, admiration, respect and reverence presented onstage by the women she inspired was moving to witness and touching to die-hard fans and causal listeners alike.

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