Linda Ronstadt is hoping her archives will keep fans happy for years to come now that Parkinson's disease has robbed her of her singing voice. The Blue Bayou hitmaker revealed all about her diagnosis last year (13) and explained she could no longer sing, but with a new album of duets set for release this week (08Apr14) and her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction scheduled for two days later (10Apr14), Ronstadt is hoping to make the most of fresh interest.
She explains, "I could put out a whole record of just Jimmy Webb stuff, or I've got enough duets with Aaron (Neville) to make a whole album."
The singer has already tasted success with Neville - their tunes All My Life and Don't Know Much became big hits in 1989 and 1990, respectively.
However, Ronstadt accepts her style of music might be out of fashion: "I don't know how much of a demand there is for it; the record business has changed so profoundly. It's not something I think about, but every once in awhile a record company comes and says, 'We'd like to put out this. Do you think you could put this together?' and I go, 'OK, I can do that'.
"I'd love to do stuff of me singing with other women singers, like Ann Savoy and Dolly and Emmylou and Laurie and just have it be that, or just traditional stuff. I sang a lot of stuff, so there are all sorts of possibilities, I guess."
Singer Linda Ronstadt has confirmed she'll be a no-show at the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - because she's too ill to attend. The Blue Bayou hitmaker revealed she is battling Parkinson's disease last year (13) - and her poor health makes it difficult for her to travel.
But she tells Billboard.com that she's not that bothered about the honour anyway, explaining, "I haven't given it one thought, I have to say. It wasn't anything I ever thought about.
"I never thought of myself as a rock 'n' roll singer; I sang it, (but) it's just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff. I didn't go the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either. I don't have anything against it; you just don't do things for those reasons. If you're working for prizes, you're in trouble."
And she's not sure Hall of Fame officials know how to contact her anyway, joking, "I don't think they have my number."
On Tuesday (01Apr14), it was announced that Eagles star Glenn Frey, who was once part of Ronstadt's backing band, will induct Ronstadt, while Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris will perform a musical tribute to her at the New York ceremony.
Ronstadt will join the Class of 2014 at the Hall of Fame on 10 April (14) alongside the likes of KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates.
Late Irish star Bernie Nolan left behind a journal full of her happiest memories for her teenage daughter. The singer lost her battle with breast cancer on 4 July (13) at the age of 52, three years after she was first diagnosed with the disease.
Now her sister Linda has revealed Bernie gave a special notebook to her 14-year-old daughter Erin in her final hours.
Linda tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "Erin was Bernie's whole world, and she wanted to continue to be able to influence her life. So she left a diary for her. It is personal between mother and daughter - full of the memories they share."
She also details how the entire family sang to Bernie as the end neared: "When we knew the time was close... we opened Champagne to toast Bernie's life. We put a glass next to her bed, she would have gone mad if we had left her out!
"On Thursday morning we got up early to be with her. (Her husband) Steve and Erin held her close. We told her not to be frightened and that we loved her."
A funeral for the star is scheduled to take place on 17 July (13).
On Wednesday, family and friends of Donna Summer attended the late singer's funeral to pay their respects. Among those who attended the private memorial service in Nashville, Tenn., were producers David Foster and Giorgio Moroder and singer Tony Orlando, reports The Huffington Post.
Those close to the "Queen of Disco" — who is survived by an endless list of hits, including "Last Dance," "Bad Girls," and "Love to Love You Baby" — paid poignant tribute to Summer, with Foster and Natalie Grant performing "The Prayer." Summer's sisters, Linda Gaines Lotman, Mary Ellen Bernard, Dara Bernard, and Jenette Yancey also sang "We've Come This Far By Faith."
As friends and family remembered her at her service, fans of the legend are remembering Summer by purchasing copies of her albums. Since Summer's death on May 17, her album sales have increased by 3,277 percent, according to Billboard.com.
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.