Behind Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou”: Originally A Roy Orbison Song

LA Times Archive/Gary Friedman

Conquering the charts with this timeless song, this incredibly talented artist stole the hearts of many when her version of “Blue Bayou” hit the radio waves.

For nearly 50 years, Linda Ronstadt graced us with her unmatched vocal prowess and irresistible hits. With the first sound of her debut solo album in 1969, up until her last solo album before retirement, she never ceased to bring great music to her fans.

When Ronstadt debuted her cover of Roy Orbison’s famed 1963 hit, “Blue Bayou” in 1977, she had already made quite a name for herself with hits like “You’re No Good,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Heat Wave” and sending four albums to platinum status – some even certified as multi-platinum!

Her rendition of Orbison’s classic soared to the top of the charts upon its release and forever etched itself into the writings of history – becoming one of her signature songs. Landing at the No. 3 position in the US, Ronstadt achieved worldwide success with the country-rock track.

To this day, many still associate Ronstadt with the song – and terms have even been created from her iconic delivery of this unforgettable hit.

In baseball, a “Linda Ronstadt” is used to describe a pitch that “blew by you,” most commonly fastballs.

Even in modern culture, rising artists are paying homage to the incredible legacy that Ronstadt has left on the music world by performing her songs on singing competitions like The Voice.

Watch Ronstadt’s official music video for “Blue Bayou” below!