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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Linda Ronstadt Reminisces About Collaborating with Flaco Jiménez, Performing in San Antonio

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Legendary artist Linda Ronstadt has worked with various musicians – from Dolly Parton to Johnny Cash to Frank Zappa – during her acclaimed career.

She collaborated with iconic San Antonio musician Flaco Jiménez for a cover of the ranchera song “El Puente Roto” (“The Broken Bridge”) on his eighth studio album, 1992’s Partners. Jiménez also recorded songs with Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Stephen Stills and others.

“I love [Flaco],” Ronstadt said during an interview earlier this month for the new documentary Linda and the Mockingbirds. “He’s just an amazing musician and a real character. I liked working with him.”

In Linda and the Mockingbirds, Ronstadt, who is of Mexican ancestry on her father’s side, takes a road trip to Mexico with Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds), a young Mexican-American song and dance troupe from California. Specifically, they traveled to the small town of Banámichi in Sonora where Ronstadt’s grandfather was raised. In 1987, Ronstadt released Canciones de Mi Padre, an album of traditional Mexican folk songs. Today, it is still the best-selling non-English-language album in U.S. music history.

“Both being from near the border, [Flaco and I] had a lot in common,” she said. “I love that Norteño kind of music. I didn’t have it on my record, but I pushed it in that direction just so I could get a chance to work with Flaco.”

In 2013, Ronstadt revealed that she had a neurodegenerative disease, which would later be diagnosed as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a disorder similar to Parkinson's. Although she had already stopped performing in front of audiences, she officially announced her retirement after decades of performing rock, country, folk and Mexican music across the globe.

With as many cities Ronstadt has visited over the years, she said she has always kept San Antonio close to her heart. She performed the last concert of her career at the Municipal Auditorium, now the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, on November 7, 2009.

“San Antonio is a special place to me,” she said. “It’s one of the first shows where I performed Canciones de Mi Padre and it’s the last show I performed as a singer.”

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