Whilst names such as Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Big Maybelle and Lavern Baker may bring a nod of recognition amongst music fans, they are just the tip of the iceberg. From the post-war period of the late 40s through to the soul years of the early 60s, hundreds of raw R&B records, featuring gutsy, wild female vocalists, were issued.
Tough Chicks is an ongoing series devoted to uncovering and celebrating these forgotten gems.
Riba Daba Doo Mari Jones
Grasshopper Baby Marie Knight
It's Happenin' Baby Paul Grimes
Ho-Ho Margie Day
Bam-A-Lam Mickie Champion
Mama Don't Want (What Papa Don't Want) Vareba Dillard
I Can't Look Back Angel Face
All Gone Ursula Reed
No, No, Baby Carmen Davis
You Said You Had A Woman Geneva Vallier
Flying Home To You Baby Cora Woods
Got My Mojo Working Anne Cole
Let's Have A Party Eunice Davis
Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter (On A Teen-Age Date) Bernice Gooden
I Want You To Love Me Pearl Reeves
So What Carmen Taylor
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