LINDA RONSTADT She was the first female singer to release four platinum albums consecutively and was the highest paid female rock star in the 1970s. Linda Ronstadt’s grandmother was Mexican. Her father came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family whose contributions are chronicled in the University of Arizona library. A popular and versatile recording artist, Ronstadt has released 30 solo record albums in five decades and won a dozen Grammys. Her discography includes the Grammy winning albums Canciones de mi Padre and Mas Caniones, both of which feature traditional Mexican mariachi songs. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Ronstadt has campaigned for the rights of undocumented immigrants and joined a lawsuit against Arizona’s SB 1070 law.