Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as
eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite
(“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking
in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery.
In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash to be published on aarp.org next week, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that “there was something wrong” with her voice.
“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
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”
I am so Disappointed...I even defended her...but found out she lipped it! ( at least Kelly Clarkson sang LIVE.)
Reporters asked a rep for the Marine Corp Band if it was true that she BRITNEY SPEARED her way through the whole thing. They released a statement saying that Beyonce lip-synched her performance.
A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.
Yo Yo Ma pre-recorded his cello performance in 2008 because the cold weather and wind may have affected the acoustics of his instrument. Vocal performers, however, typically do perform live despite January’s icy conditions.
“We did pre-record it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the pre-recorded version,” said a spokeswoman for the band.
“We pre-recorded all music as a matter of course and have done since time immemorial,” she said. “This is our 54th inauguration… There is no question of there not being any music – it’s not because the performer cannot do it.”
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