In his review of Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Christian Toto lauds Ronstadt for doing an album of Spanish songs.
We also see (among the many highlights) Ronstadt’s rise to a stadium-filling superstar, her surprise stint performing “The Pirates of Penzance,” the creation of the “Trio” album (alongside always-engaging interview subjects Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris) and, perhaps her most surprising career turn, the creation of the Spanish-language “Canciones de mi Padre” album.
A recurring theme appears – whenever someone tells Ronstadt she can’t do something, she does it anyway and finds success. Projects like a solo career, opera and an unprecedented album of traditional Spanish music by an English speaking pop rock star proved to be the opposite of career killers.
- Eydie Gorme with Trio Los Panchos, Amor (1964)
- Eydie Gorme with Trio Los Panchos, More Amor (1965)
- Eydie Gorme with Trio Los Panchos, Navidad Means Christmas (1966)
- Eydie Gorme with Trio Los Panchos, Canta en Español (1970)
- Eydie Gorme with Trio Los Panchos, Cuatro Vidas (1970)
- Vikki Carr, Que Sea El (1971)
- Vikki Carr, En Español (1972)
- Vikki Carr, Hoy (1975)
- Vikki Carr, Y El Amor (1980)
- Vikki Carr, El Retrato Del Amor (1981)
- Vikki Carr, A Todos (1984)
- Lani Hall, Lani (1982)
- Lani Hall, Lani Hall (1984)
- Lani Hall, Es Fácil Amar (1985)
- Doris Day, Latin for Lovers (1965)
That’s almost off the top of my head.
Although perhaps Vikki Carr, born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas-Martinez Cardona but who came to musical prominence with an Anglicized name, might be a stretch as she ended up being more of a Latin singer than an English one–her albums after 1980 are mostly in Spanish.
But, still, by the time Linda Ronstadt got around to it, English-speaking pop stars singing in Spanish (or Portaguese) was almost its own genre.
Although I cannot fault him for not being as knowledgeable about mid-century American songstresses as I am, I can fault him for the modern writing where everything is the best or the first and every play in every game breaks some sort of record.