by Barney Hoskyns
With her dark skin and doe eyes, Ronstadt was already turning heads and breaking hearts. "Linda was young and she was very cute," says Nurit Wilde. "She was adorable. You could tell right away that she was the Stone Poneys." Flirtatious and precocious, Ronstadt seemed only semi-aware of her sexual power. When Judy Henske took the unhappy Phil Ochs to visit her in Topanga Canyon, he asked her out. "Linda says to me, in front of Phil, 'Phil just asked me out,'" Henske remembers. "She says, 'I told him no. I decided I didn't dig him.' And she started giggling."