The role of women in rock has been a long overlooked aspect of popular music. The “fairer” sex has lent the music industry a wealth of talent and musical compositions that have ranged from ground breaking to breath taking.
The birth of rock and roll was spurred along by the inclusion of the African Rhythms that were connected and introduced through the American Slave Trade. In the late nineteenth and twentieth, rock and roll began to change and flourish and it soon brought forth great and unforgettable American Rock and Roll Classics.
The women that lit the fire:
Mamie Smith May 26, 1883 – September 16, 1946, She performed both jazz and blues, along with being a dancer, singer and pianist.
Koko Taylor was a hit in the genre of “electrified” blues music. Her voice has been described as “gravel and thunder”. She is aldo known as the Queen of Blues Voodoo Woman
Memphis Minnie- female blues singer and blues guitarist that is considered to be the best of all time.
Victoria Spivey, October 15, 1906 – October 3, 1976, American blues singer and songwriter
Bessie Smith The Empress of the Blues
Sippie Wallace was an American Texas Style Blues Singer known as the Texas Nightingale.
Big Mama Thornton, sang rhythm and blues and was the first person to record the hit, Hound Dog, three years later Elvis Presley made his recording of the song
The world of Pop Rock and other later rock genres introduced us to women that were tougher, more outspoken and knew what they wanted. In the new age world of feminism and tunes, these were our leaders.
We shouldn’t forget about the rebel yell of women who took charge.
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Erykah (Erica Wright) Badu