Linda Ronstadt on Parkinson's Diagnosis: Life Is 'Different'

Rock singer Linda Ronstadt discusses her new memoir, "Simple Dreams," and her diagnosis.
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She's been called the first rock diva. Linda ronstadt. Millions of records sold. 11 grammys. Traveled the world in an incredible career. The legendary singer is facing a new and far more daunting challenge. ♪ I'm going back some day come what may to blue bayou ♪ Reporter: For four decades, linda ronstadt could fill arenas. ♪ You're no good you're no good you're no good, baby, you're no good ♪ Reporter: With hit upon hit. ♪ Somewhere out there ♪ Reporter: In all, ron saturday one of four children born and raised in arizona made some 30 album, scoring 11 grammys and a slew of tony and golden floeb nominations in the process. Making her one of the most sought after singers with whom to record duets. This that's summer, she announced she has parkinson's disease. She's unable to do what she's always loved. Now says the 67-year-old, singing is a thing of the past. ♪ Come true ♪ so many different things in me. I'm enjoying talking to this woman. We're thrilled to welcome the one and only linda ronstadt. A beautiful book, simple dreams, a musical memoir. It chronicles her life and times during rock's heyday. How are you? Pretty good. When you walked in the studio, it lit up. I'm almost through your book. It's beautifully written, as i said. The way you talk about your siblings, your mother. Music was always part of your life. In this era, we delegate music and dancing to professionals. We should all be doing our own singing and dancing. You don't have to be famous. We have music to process our feelings and help us work our lives out. Ev everybody should have their own music. It is. Whether you're in the shower or what not. It's the sound track of your lives. If nothing else, get in the choir. Why now? Why did you decide to write the book now? I got a call from a publishing company, they said they didn't have to have a kiss and tell book. I said, fine, I'm your girl. I never kept a diary or journal. I thought if I got my story down. So many other people wrote about me that was inaccurate, i thought, I want to have the last word. I love the title of it. The dream is simple. I wanted to sing. I didn't want to be famous, didn't want to be a star. I just wanted to sing. I loved to sing. I wanted to have a job singing so I didn't have to do anything else. In order to get good, you have to spend six or eight hours a day to get good. If you're a chello player or violin player, you have to spend hours and hours and hours. It took me about ten years to learn to sing. What do you mean? It took me ten years until i had control of my instrument and I could deliberately do what i wanted to do. I think about what it must have been like for you in the heyday of l.A. The different artists. They were not famous. Nobody knew who they were. They were people I just hung out to. They turned out the be great writers. J.D. Souther. Warren zevon. Jackson browne. I love how you talk about them. One thing that is not in the book. People is to realize, you don't talk about parkinson's. You didn't find out until you were doing a -- I didn't have a confirmed dig owe sis. I was working on the acknowle acknowledgm acknowledgment. He said, I think you have this. He said it in a way where i thought, he knows I have this. How is life for you now? It's different. It's very different. But, you know, you -- something's going to get you. I'm 67. That I got this far, I think I'm lucky. I have had a good, long life. And you have added such richness to all of our lives, linda. In thinking of your music. What is your message now where you are in your life and people picking up's reading about your life story? Well, I think -- when young singers come the ask me what to do, I say be prepared. Read as widely as you can. Look at every kind of art. Listen to every kind of music. Everything you see, hear, will affect your art. I can't help but just sitting here, listening to you all morning long. Oh, "the midnight special." That takes us back. Linda, thank you for sharing. Thank you for having me. I appreciate it. It's a beautiful read. It's your story. You have told it so incredibly well. In my bed on my laptop. We wish you all the best going forward. You're always welcome here. Linda's memoir, "simple dreams" available now. Time for a check of the

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