As the beginnings of Rock turned corners leading itself through its own aging process, it left behind many legends. One side of its list of legends is the female performer. Many of them took the self-named route; names like Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Janis Joplin, Julie London, Joan Baez, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Barbra Streisand, Petula Clark, Marianne Faithful, and so many more. But equally, some of them were parts of a larger unit but still known as a superior performer. Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Margo Timmons (Cowboy Junkies), Patti Smith (The Patti Smith Group), Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), Ann Wilson (Heart), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac/Solo). Delores O’Riordan (Cranberries), and, again, so many more.
On lesser scales, but no less impressive, were talents like Melanie, Maggie Bell, Janis Ian, Gayle McCormick (A Group Called Smith), Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays), Nico (Velvet Underground – oh, yes, who else sounds like her?) and all the many other female performers that have walked this stage called Rock and Roll.
I have a love for so many of them. Putting together a list of any kind detailing the Top 5 Female Artists is a tough request but one that I’m asking that you think about and do.
Leave your comments about who makes your Top 5 cut.
[This is part one of a loosely connected 3-part idea. Two polls that segues into a commentary. Should be fun (I think).]