Brown dated the pop star when he was last governor, and he has occasionally mentioned her since returning to the Capitol -- mostly to make the point it has been a long time since he was governor before.
"I've been in the wilderness," Brown told the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in February. "I've gone to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa. I've gone to Africa with Linda Ronstadt."
Ronstadt's memoir for Simon & Schuster, titled "Heart Like a Wheel" after her Grammy-winning album, is due in 2013, the Associated Press reported today.
In an interview with Playboy magazine when Brown was first governor, from 1975 to 1983, Ronstadt complained about being stalked by reporters on that overseas trip. But she had only kind words for Brown.
Asked if she ever thought about being first lady of the United States, Ronstadt said "sometimes."
"It's a pretty funny thought," she told Playboy. "But if I thought about it seriously, I would probably die laughing. I like my job. And the pay is a lot better."
PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown and rock singer Linda Ronstadt arrive in Monrovia, Liberia, on April 8, 1979, on their way to Kenya for a safari. Ronstadt denied a rumor that they would marry during the 10-day African trip. UPI files, 1979