LINDA RONSTADT has revealed that she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease eight months ago, and the condition has made it so she's no longer able to sing.
In an interview with "AARP: The Magazine", Linda says, "I couldn't sing, 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."
Linda is now using poles to assist her and sometimes travels with a wheelchair. She's releasing a memoir called "Simple Dreams" on September 17th, but it won't include any mention of her diagnosis or the loss of her voice.
Linda turned 67 years old last month. Her career began in the late-'60s, when she was the lead singer of the folk-rock band THE STONE PONEYS. Things really took off after she went solo. At one point, she was the highest paid woman in rock.
She had big hits with 1975's "You're No Good" and "When Will I Be Loved" , and later with"Blue Bayou", "Hurt So Bad" and "Somewhere Out There", her duet with JAMES INGRAM for the animated movie, "An American Tail".