Linda Ronstadt will trumpet her arrival into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a new "Duets" compilation, due out April 8 -- just two days before the induction ceremony in Brooklyn.
The 15-song set features previous released collaborations with fellow singers such as Don Nenley ("Hasten Down the Wind"), James Taylor ("I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine"), Emmylou Harris ("I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You") and Aaron Neville ("Don't Know Much"), as well as Ronstadt's duet with Frank Sinatra on "Moonlight in Vermont," "Somewhere Out There" with James Ingram for the 1986 animated film "An American Tail" and three songs from her Grammy Award-nominated cajun music project with Ann Savoy, "Adieu False Heart."
Ronstadt tells us that growing up in Arizona, she thought of nothing else but being a singer: "I didn't ever think about doing anything else. When I was in first grade I sat there, I didn't do arithmetic very well. I thought, 'I don't have to worry about that. I'm gonna sing.' I was a good reader but I was poor with arithmetic. They had a kind of, it was a by-rote learning. I realize now I probably could have learned arithmetic just fine if they had used a different method to teach me… But I just kept thinking 'I'm a singer. I don't have to add.' "
Ronstadt is not, however, singing anymore due to Parkinson's disease. She published an autobiography, "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir," in September.
LINDA RONSTADT DUETS
1. “Adieu False Heart” with Ann Savoy
2. “I Can’t Get Over You” with Ann Savoy
3. “Walk Away Renee” with Ann Savoy
4. “The New Partner Waltz” with Carl Jackson
5. “I Never Will Marry” with Dolly Parton
6. “Pretty Bird” with Laurie Lewis*
7. “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)” with Emmylou Harris
8. “Hasten Down The Wind” with Don Henley
9. “Prisoner In Disguise” with J.D. Souther
10. “I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” with James Taylor
11. “Don’t Know Much” with Aaron Neville
12. “All My Life” with Aaron Neville
13. “Somewhere Out There” with James Ingram
14. “Sisters” with Bette Midler
15. “Moonlight In Vermont” with Frank Sinatra