Tucson legend Linda Ronstadt donates collection to UA

2011-04-18T12:52:00Z 2011-04-18T18:59:35Z Tucson legend Linda Ronstadt donates collection to UABy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Pop music icon Linda Ronstadt recently donated orchestrations, memorabilia and photographs to the University of Arizona School of Music.

Her collection also includes manuscripts from Nelson Riddle, with whom Ronstadt had a longtime artistic relationship.

The collection joins that of other music greats housed at the UA: Riddle, Artie Shaw, Jo Stafford and Les Baxter among them.

But having Ronstadt represented is a matter of national and hometown pride.

A Tucson native, Ronstadt attended the UA in the 1960s before she left for California and a career in music. She went on to become Tucson and Arizona's most famous pop star with an iconic, musically diverse career that spanned the 1970s and '80s.

Ronstadt scored No. 1 hits in country and rock, and then at the height of her popularity, defied convention and recorded an album of Great American Songbook gems and another of mariachi. She also has performed light opera, with roles in Puccini's "La Boheme" and Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."

For more, read Friday's The Arts.

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