So, this is what happens when my friend Myra and I have a glass of wine and talk about music! In honor of National Women's month, we came up with 5 females who we admire, and of course, rock!
Here's mine, then hers!
Debbie Harry: From the minute I heard Blondie, I was hooked. Debbie Harry is a fave, and what I love most is how she does things her way, and while she has sex appeal, she still knows how to engage an audience and show them that women can rock, too!
Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart): Oh, where do I begin about these two? I mean, seriously, two sisters who know how to get the job done. If you don't like Heart, we can't be friends! Plus, I got to interview Ann Wilson a few years ago, and after it was done, we got to talking about our pets, cars, and other bands we absolutely love. It was so much fun watching them get inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame a few years ago!
Taylor Swift: Yes, I have to mention Taylor! I simply adore her, and the tenacity she has to constantly reinvent herself and make things happen. She's got mass appeal, and I just love her "style!"
Stevie Nicks: Oh, this woman is the be all, end all! She's magical, and can cover many genres of music. Her vocals are instantly recognizable, and her passion for performing and her fans is evident. I can't say enough about her!
Sheryl Crow: I was extremely nervous when I interviewed her. I was shaking and my lip was trembling. She was totally cool, and actually started to ask ME questions after we were done! We talked animals, music, even the first time we fell in love. I think she's so cool, does things her way, and has performed with so many of my fave musicians! We agreed that when I win the lottery and start an animal sanctuary, she'll come work with me!
That was mine, now here's Myra's list
Linda Ronstadt: One of the most influential and successful female artists in music history who not only helped break open the door for women in Rock 'n Roll but many other musical genres. Music by Ronstadt dominated the radio and music charts during the '70's which led to her being acknowledged as the most successful female singers of the 1970's. In 1978 alone Ronstadt became the first woman ever to sell out concerts in arenas and stadiums hosting tens of thousands of fans. In the same year, Ronstadt became the highest paid woman in Rock with 6-Platinum Certified albums, three of which were on the Billboard Album Chart. She made over $12M touring in 1978 with over $60M in album sales.
Her first backing band went onto form The Flying Burrito Brothers. Her second backing band went onto became known as The Eagles. Her music is still influencing generations of women today, as it did for some of us entering our teenage years. She broke the fairy tale molds, let us know it was okay if we didn't want to play with Barbie and let girls worldwide know we could make our own decisions. She was the coolest of cool female rockers and many of us have been walking to the beat of a different drummer since. In August 2013, Linda Ronstadt announced due to Parkinson's disease she could no longer sing a note. Different Drum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Nq48sHF8M
Tina Turner: Another "Queen of Rock 'n Roll" and if you don't know the Tina Turner story then you need to. She has been hailed as one of the worlds' best selling artists and considered by many as one of the most successful female Rock 'n Roll artists of our time. From the sharecroppers farm in Nutbush,TN, Tina Turner is the epitome of survival with a will to live. As a child she sang in church choir's with a dream of becoming a nurse. Unfortunately for the medical profession Anna Mae Bullock, the future Tina Turner and her sister found nightclubs in St. Louis at a young age and the Gods of Rock 'n Roll intervened. Her early shows with husband Ike Turner were attended by such well known artists as David Bowie, Sly Stone, Janis Joplin, Cher, James Brown, Ray Charles, Elton John and Elvis Presley just to name a few.
In 1976, she fled her abusive marriage to Ike Turner. After a year long battle Tina Turner walked out of court in 1978 retaining only her stage name and debts incurred during their marriage. She began reinventing herself with cabaret styled shows in Las Vegas. In June 1984, her album "Private Dancer" was released with the song 'What's Love Got To Do With It" hitting the TOP 10 Music Charts followed in September at #1 on the Hot 100 Charts; with the album charting at #3 on Billboards Hot 200. In 1984, she returned from semi-retirement with her TINA! 50th Anniversary Tour which became the largest selling (ticketed) show for the 2008-2009 period. Tina Turner was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and is considered as One of the World's Biggest Selling Female artist of all time. In 2002, Tennessee State Route 19 between Brownsville and Nutbush, TN was named "Tina Turner Highway" and love has everything to do with that.Tina Turner was cool before anyone knew what cool really was and her strength as a female in a male dominated world made her even cooler! "What's Love Got To Do With It" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGpFcHTxjZs
Joan Jett: If Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin and Grace Slick opened the door for females in Rock music, Joan Jett said "Let's Get It On." As a member of The Runaways, their album "Live in Japan" became one of the biggest-selling imports in US and UK history. As a solo artist Joan Jett has taught girls the world over they can compete with boys as Full-On, In-your-Face Rockers and Rock Guitarists, making her the Coolest of Cool Female artists.
In addition to rocking concert stages around the world, the music of Joan Jett has been featured at numerous sporting events. From those stadium filled venues around the world to film, stage, television and radio shows, Joan Jett emerged as one of the most successful Women in Music. Her Rock 'n Roll accomplishments as a front woman, songwriter, producer and entertainment executive are unrivaled. Unapologetic and unconcerned with what the boys of rock were doing, saying bring it, Joan Jett serves as a role model to Women and young girls around the world with dreams of becoming rockers, guitarists, songwriters or whatever, while simply striving to be just who they are. She has taught generations of aspiring female artists "Dreams Can Come True" on their own terms in a male dominated arena. Joan Jett is the "Coolest of Cool" female rockers in the world and an undeniable "Queen of Rock 'n Roll" who incidentally knows just how to turn around and be your Cherry Bomb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW_HCdU-qEY
Wendy O. Williams: Ahead of her time, Wendy O. Williams holds two titled names in music history, "The Birth Mother of Punk Rock" and the unrivaled "Queen of Shock Rock" who without a doubt became one of the most influential female artist's of all time. She has and always will be considered the most controversial and radical female artist of all time. Today, the Wendy O. Williams led band The Plasmatics is hailed as the most outrageous and successful Punk/Metal bands ever. They influenced generations of up-and-coming artists and fashion icons whose influences are still being seen and talked about today by such diverse artist's as Mr. T, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Corey Glover of Living Colour, Deena Jakoub of Veridia, NFL Superstar Odell Beckham Jr. and many others. Even Sly Stone paid tribute to the Trademark Blonde Mohawk of Jean Beauvoir of The Plasmatics during the "2006 Grammy Awards" by sporting one himself and more recently multiplatinum recording artist CeeLo Green acknowledged The Plasmatics as being one his musical influences growing up during a recent interview.
Introduced by as the "Greatest Punk Band in the World" by Tom Snyder on his late night TV show Wendy O. Williams and The Plasmatics toured the world and where ever they went they were followed by camera crews and reporters vying for coverage of the band. Their sold out shows were theatrical, controversial and outrageous. One concert in London was cancelled by the promoters for safety reasons causing the press to dub the band "anarchists." During the shooting of an appearance on NBC's SCTV in 1981, studio heads decided they would not air Williams' performance unless she changed out of a costume that revealed her nipples. Williams refused. The show's make-up artists found a compromise and painted her breasts black and the show went on. Wendy O. Williams always walked to the beat of her own drum and will forever remain one of the most ground breaking female artist's in music. To legions of fans around the world Wendy O. Williams is the coolest PUNK / METAL female artist of all time and her mark in music history is unrivaled today. On April 6, 1998, at the age of 48 Wendy O. Williams died of as self-inflicted gunshot wound. Butcher Baby by The Plasmatics is one of their Top Ten songs of All Time ww.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2eynNh5xHM
Deena Jakoub: Deena Jakoub, the front woman for the Alternative Rock band Veridia is an up and coming singer/songwriter to watch. Her look and voice when mixed with the electronic/rock soundscape is captivating. As a songwriter her skills for empowering women to believe in themselves is evident in the Top #10 Hit "Furious Love" by Veridia. In addition to the success of "Furious Love" off Veridia's 2014 'Inseparable" release, "We Are The Brave" was the #1 Radio Song. 2015’s Pretty Lies debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes Alternative Albums Chart. Today, since their 2014 breakout Veridia has headlined their own 17-city tour and played to more than 600K people in arenas during Winter Jam 2014-2015. In the video "Furious Love" Deena sports a Blonde Mohawk, reflecting the influences of music icons The Plasmatics before her time. I think Deena is one of the most powerful, young up-and-coming female Rock vocalist of today who is well on her way to making a lasting imprint in music history all her own. Whether she is singing Pop Rock, Alternative Rock or Christian Rock she has no problem changing gears in whatever genre she takes on, making Hard Rock & Metal within the realm of possibility for this young lady. Her voice and talent can take her in any direction she desires, all she has to do is claim it. Her ability to be a role model for young girls to believe in themselves, and to know they are loved makes her one of today's coolest female artists.
"Furious Love" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts_osvAzEhA
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