Ronstadt, whose memoir was released today by Simon & Schuster, dated Brown when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983. He is mentioned a handful of times in the book, including in a dinner scene that will ring true for anyone familiar with his scheduling habits and frugality today.
Ronstadt writes she was preparing to leave for a dinner with Rosemary Clooney when Brown stopped by unexpectedly, "said he was hungry and wanted to go too." As they were about to leave, he noticed a box of roses someone had sent Ronstadt.
"Probably feeling a little sheepish about inviting himself to dinner, and being a person who is notoriously tight with a dollar, he picked them up and said, 'We can take these to Rosemary,'" she writes.
When she protested, "He shot me a mischievous grin. 'If I take the card out, they'll be hers.'"
Ronstadt says Brown was different from many men she knew in rock and roll.
"Jerry Brown and I had a lot of fun for a number of years," she writes. "He was smart and funny, not interested in drinking or drugs, and lived his life carefully, with a great deal of discipline."
She says, "Neither of us ever suffered under the delusion that we would like to share each other's lives. I would have found his life too restrictive, and he would have found mine entirely chaotic."
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown and rock singer Linda Ronstadt arrive in Monrovia, Liberia on April 8, 1979. UPI/S.Black