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Influential Female Singers of the 1970s

Updated on May 29, 2013
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Dolly Parton
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Dusty Springfield
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Gladys Knight
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Gloria Gaynor
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Grace Slick
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Helen Reddy
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Joan Baez
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Karen Carpenter
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Phoebe Snow
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Roberta Flack
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Shirley Bassey
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Stevie Nicks
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Tammy Wynette
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Tina Turner
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Aretha Franklin - Respect

Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were

Carly Simon - You're So Vain

Carole King - So Far Away

Cher - Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves

Deborah Harry - Sunday Girl

Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You

Donna Summer - Last Dance

Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man

Gladys Knight - Midnight Train To Georgia

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

Grace Slick - White Rabbit

Helen Reddy - I Am Woman

Janis Ian - At Seventeen


The 1970s were a great time in music there was a wide variety of genres. Coming out of the 60s brought about different types of music. Growing up in the 1970s I was able to hear music from all aspects and genres which gave me my love of music and the reason why I like all types of music.


There were many influential female singers of the 1970s here are a few that immediately come to mind:


Aretha Franklin


Born March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee and known as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has many accolades. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she has won twenty Grammy Awards and she has had twenty number-one singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. Although she started in 1960 it was not until the late 60's early 70's when she signed with Atlantic Records that her popularity grew.


Barbra Streisand


Born April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York and considered the most successful female singer in the United States (only Elvis and The Beatles have sold more albums). She has recorded more than 60 albums. She is also one of a select few that have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. From her awards it is easy to see just how talented Barbra Streisand is as a singer and an actor.


Carly Simon


Born June 25, 1945 in Bronx, New York Carly Simon is singer, songwriter, actress and musician. Carly Simon has won an Oscar, Golden Globe and two Grammy awards, she was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In the early 1970s Simon's biggest hit You're So Vain and then followed in the late 70's with another hit Nobody Does It Better which was used in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.


Carole King


Born February 9, 1942 in New York, New York and is a singer, songwriter and pianist. Carole King has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carole King wrote several Top Ten hits for various groups with her partner and husband Gerry Goffin. In 1971 Carole King's Tapestry album became the top-selling pop solo album ever and held that position until Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1982.


Cher


Born May 20, 1946 in El Centro, California and became a well rounded star. Although her career started in the 60's it was not until the 70's when her career really started to take off. In the early 70's with her first solo hit Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves and the return of the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour to prime time. Cher is a singer-songwriter, actress, director and record producer that has won an Academy Award, a Grammy, an Emmy and three Golden Globes.


Deborah Harry


Born July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida, Debbie Harry is best known for being the lead singer of the punk rock/new wave group Blondie. With her distinct blonde hair and vocal stylings Debbie Harry and Blondie made its mark in the Punk world with songs like Call Me, Heart of Glass and One Way Or Another. After Blondie Debbie Harry continued on to have a solo career and also acted in movies and on television shows.


Diana Ross


Born March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan Diana Ross is a true music icon. Her solo career began in the 1970s after leaving The Supremes. Diana Ross is an actress and she has sold more than 100 million records, she has starred in film, television and on Broadway. Diana Ross has also covered several musical genres including R&B, soul, pop, disco and jazz. Diana Ross has many accolades due to her musical successes.


Dolly Parton


Born January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee Dolly Parton is a country music icon. Dolly Parton is one of the most successful country music artists and has 26 number-one singles; she is a singer, songwriter, musician, actress and author. Dolly has her own theme park, Dollywood and is known for her distinct voice, her hair and her figure. At the end of the 1970s Dolly made a crossover into pop music broadening her popularity even more.


Donna Summer


Born December 31, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts and is known as the Queen of Disco. Donna Summer, trained as a gospel singer, is most known for her disco music but has touched in other genres such as R&B, pop, gospel and rock music. Donna Summer has the distinction of having four #1 singles in a 12 month period, had a top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in every year from 1976 to 1984 and also was the winner of five Grammys.


Dusty Springfield


Born April 16, 1939 in London, England and died March 2, 1999 in England of breast cancer. Dusty Springfield was known as the best female soul singer from Britain and for her throaty voice. Dusty had a distinctive deep voice and look with her blue eyes, blonde beehive hairdos, heavy eyeliner and evening gowns. Dusty Springfield is an inductee to both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame.


Gladys Knight


Born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia and is known as the lead singer in her group Gladys Knight & the Pips which also included her brother and her two cousins. Gladys Knight is an R&B and soul singer, an actress and an author. Gladys Knight and the Pips gained popularity in the late 60s which carried through to the 70s when they produced such hits as Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.


Gloria Gaynor


Born September 7, 1949 in Newark New Jersey Gloria Gaynor is known as a disco diva having several disco hits. Gloria Gaynor is best known for her hit song I Will Survive which gave strength to many women in similar situations and quickly became an anthem for female emancipation. The I Will Survive song has taken on a life of its own with many remakes and on many karaoke stages.


Grace Slick


Born October 30, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois Grace Slick was the lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship as well as a solo artist. With a sultry voice, quick wit and no nonsense attitude Grace Slick became a powerful woman of Psychedelic Rock and paved the way for many after her such as Patti Smith and Stevie Nicks. As a songwriter her lyrics were thought-provoking and very powerful.


Helen Reddy


Born October 25, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia Helen Reddy is a pop singer and an actress. Helen Reddy is best known for her most iconic and significant song of the 1970s I Am Woman, which catapulted her to stardom after many years of attempts at becoming a famous singer. Helen Reddy was prevelant in the 70s with several hit songs such as Delta Dawn, Keep on Singing, Angie Baby and Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady.


Janis Ian


Born April 7, 1951 in New York, New York Janis Ian is a folk singer, songwriter, musician and author. Janis Ian is best known for her song At Seventeen which was a commentary on teenage angst brought about by her own insecurities in high school. Janis Ian felt ugly with her brown curly hair and brown eyes compared to the taller blonde hair cheerleaders. At Seventeen earned Janis Ian a Grammy Award.


Joan Baez


Born January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York, Joan Baez is a folk singer and songwriter. Most of Joan Baez's songs deal with social and political issues. Although she is best known as a folk singer she has encompassed other genres as well such as rock, pop, country and gospel. Joan Baez is also known for putting her own lovely twist on other's songs doing covers of other musicians.


Joni Mitchell


Born November 7, 1943 in Alberta, Canada Joni Mitchell is a singer, songwriter, and musician. Joni Mitchell covered many genres such as Folk, Pop and Jazz. Joni Mitchell is known for her songs Both Sides Now and Clouds which earned her a Grammy Award; she had several other nominations as well as Grammy wins and many musical hits. Joni Mitchell is definitely an influential singer for many different musical genres.


Karen Carpenter


Born March 2, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut and died February 4, 1983 in Downey, California from heart failure due to a long battle with anorexia. Karen Carpenter was part of the duo called The Carpenters with her older brother Richard. Karen Carpenter was known for her melodic voice and perfect pitch that is impossible to match, she was also an accomplished drummer helping to lead the way for female drummers to follow.


Patti Smith


Born December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois Patti Smith is considered an alternative or punk singer and sometimes referred to as the Godmother of Punk. Patti Smith is a singer, songwriter, poet, artist and activist and tends to incorporate all of these facets in her music, sometimes integrating beat poetry into her music. One of her most famous songs which was co-written by Bruce Springsteen was later redone by the group 10,000 Maniacs; Because the Night.


Patti LaBelle


Born May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Patti LaBelle is a singer, songwriter and actress. Patti LaBelle is known for her wild performances and her vocal range she has covered many genres; R&B, soul, funk and disco with her groups Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle. In the 1970s the groups' most successful hit was Lady Marmalade and later on in the 70s Patti LaBelle started her solo career.


Phoebe Snow


Born July 17, 1952 in New York, New York and died April 26, 2011 in Edison, New Jersey. Phoebe Snow was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Phoebe Snow was known for her voice which was bluesy in sound and had the capability of sweeping over four octaves. Her first hit song Poetry Man which she is best known for made it to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped her to win a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.


Roberta Flack


Born February 10, 1937 Roberta Flack is a singer, songwriter and musician. Roberta Flack has covered numerous genres; jazz, soul, R&B and folk and won back to back Grammy Awards in 1973 and 1974 for Record of the Year. Roberta Flack is known for her many duets with singer Donny Hathaway. Roberta Flack became noticed when Clint Eastwood used The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for the soundtrack for Play Misty for Me.

Shirley Bassey


Born January, 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales Shirley Bassey is best known for her three theme songs to three Bond films; Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. Shirley Bassey is the only singer to have recorded more than one James Bond theme song. Shirley Bassey is an international singer known for her glamorous costumes, her vocal ability and her incredibly entertaining live shows.


Stevie Nicks


Born May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona Stevie Nicks is a singer, songwriter and musician best known for her work with the band Fleetwood Mac followed by a solo career. Stevie Nicks has a deeper and slightly raspy voice that is her signature and can be heard on her songs Rhiannon and Landslide. Stevie Nicks won the 1977 Grammy for Album of the Year for Rumours with Fleetwood Mac; she was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Tammy Wynette


Born May 5, 1942 in Itawamba County, Mississippi and died April 6, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee of a blood clot. Tammy Wynette was named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1968, 1969 and 1970. Tammy Wynette is best known for her songs Stand By Your Man and D.I.V.O.R.C.E. and Stand By Your Man was voted the greatest country song. She has numerous awards and has had been number one on the charts well over 30 times.


Tina Turner


Born November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee Tina Turner is a singer, dancer and entertainer. Tina Turner is known as The Queen of Rock and Roll and for her great legs. Tina Turner is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and has won eight Grammy Awards. The late 60s and early 70s Tina rose to stardom with the The Ike & Tina Turner Revue and the hit Proud Mary.

Each of these women made an impact in the 1970s in various ways some are still going strong today. I am certain that there are some women that I have forgotten or left out of this list and maybe even some that should not be included in this list but these were all influential female singers of the 1970s.



Joan Baez - Where have All the Flowers Gone

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

Karen Carpenter - We've Only Just Begun

Patti Smith's - Because the Night

Patti Labelle - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Phoebe Snow - Poetry Man

Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly

Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger/Diamonds Are Forever

Stevie Nicks – Landslide

Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man

Tina Turner - Proud Mary

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      harold 6 months ago from toronto

      I miss donna a lot

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      john 3 years ago

      Could not agree more with Get real.

      Linda Ronstadt is by far the greatest female singer ever & if you ever saw her live in concert it was an experience you would never forget. No dancing , no lip syncing..Just perfect live performances.

      How you could do a list & leave the biggest selling artist of the 70's off your list beggars belief.

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      Get real 3 years ago

      Absolutely bizarre that the number one singer of the decade wasn't even included, and that is of course the GREAT rock star Linda Ronstadt. Honestly, WTF? Also, where is the superb pop singer Olivia Newton-John? Toni Tenille? Judi Sill? Kiki Dee, Bonnie Raitt? Pat Benatar? Chrissie Hynde? Joan Jett? Good list, but you need to add to it because you're missing stars that were extremely influential.

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      where is linda rondstadt. best singer ever!! 4 years ago

      Jackie

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      Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast

      qsupernova - I am sorry I have no idea who that might be.

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      qsupernova 5 years ago

      Triplet Mom..........I am trying to find the female artist and album. This coloured artist was said to be the first person to do an album that played straight through without pauses ! Please help if you can !!!!

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      Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast

      Jack its almost impossible to include every single singer. Its not only about having a great voice but about the influence the singers had on the world. Thanks for your input.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      This list is soooooo incomlete . NO!!! Elkie Brooks. Elkie Brooks has a GREAT voice.

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      Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Firda! Do you have any other information on the singer?

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      Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you! You might be right about that. She had an awesome voice.

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      Firda 5 years ago

      Nice post. Meanwhile, I'm looking for a female singer, maybe folk, that sing with an acoustic guitar. She is more like reading a poem than singing a song. I heard her in early 1980s. Anybody know the singer's name with such style?

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      leithflood 6 years ago

      Hey Trip,great run-down on the top gal singers.Karen Carpenter was the best,and had she lived a lot longer,would have been bigger than even Sinatra.I'm just sayin...........

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Neely - Yes I definitely did overlook Olivia! Thanks for the information.

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      Neely O'Hara 6 years ago

      Missing from your list is Olivia Newton-John, one of the most successful female singers of the 1970s. She had 3 #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles in the 70s: "Have You Never Been Mellow", "I Honestly Love You", and "You're The One That I Want" from the movie "Grease".

      Olivia also won 3 Grammys in 1973-1974.

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you mib!!

      Joey - Good choice!

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      joey N 6 years ago

      What about OLivia Newton-john?? she was huge during the 70's & early 80's.....

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      I'm following your HUBs now, Triplet Mom.

      P.S. Your profile pic is adorable!

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you mib! They all actually deserve a hub for themselves. You are right they are incredible women!

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      Triplet Mom, I salute you! This HUB is da bomb-dig-geddee!! What an awesome tribute to the female singers who influenced my growth and development! I have to share this HUB on Facebook. I placed a link to your HUB after one of my HUBs. Do you realize you could have a written a separate HUB for each one of these sisters? Seriously! They were influential.

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      Richard Waller 6 years ago

      What about Melanie? So influential and so overlooked.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you very much travel_man1971 !!!

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks for the tribute on these great female singers in the world. Way to go, Triplet Mom!

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Journey* - Thank you so much!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Triplet Mom, I really enjoyed the way you put together this hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank mhuze!

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      mhuze 7 years ago from USA

      Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, Carole King, and Aretha Franklin are some of my favorites.

      Enjoyed reading!

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Deborah - I am not familiar with Elkie Brooks I will have to check her out. Thank you!

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      Deborah 7 years ago

      U.K singer Elkie Brooks deserves a mention here. With "Vineger Joe " or solo Elkie Brooks is one of the finest female singers from the U.K.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Alex - There are soo many songs with "love and understanding" in the lyrics do you know any of the other lyrics?

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      Alex 7 years ago

      Can anyone help me find the a song sung by a female artist which was famous during the end of 60's and bigining of 70's. It runs with lines like "just a little love and understanding". I used to hear in radio (Cylon broadcasting corporation.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Pal - Thank you for your suggestions. I agree with a few although some were not in the 70s and others are questionable. Thank you again!

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      Pal 7 years ago

      Here are some other female singers from the 70's deserving of some recognition as well.

      Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Joan Armatrading, Bette Midler, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Maria Muldaur, Judy Collins, Laura Nyro, Wendy Waldman, Jennifer Warnes, Tracy Nelson, Karla Bonoff, Lori Lieberman, Judee Sill, Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Jen!!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Great List! So many of my favorites included. Appreciate the photos and videos!

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      Get Free Visitors 7 years ago

      very fine

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      Get Free Visitors 7 years ago

      excellent

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you camlo!

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      Camlo De Ville 7 years ago from Cologne, Germany

      What a great Hub! Interesting, informative. I have albums by many of these women, and am a great fan of some. Really enjoyed reading! All the best, Camlo

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Mike - Yeah I am kicking myself for forgetting Ms Ronstadt. Thank you very much for your comments!!

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I was going to mention the exclusion of Linda Ronstadt, but noticed someone else already brought it up. This is a great list, you really know your music.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Dolores - Yes women really ruled in the 70s all of these women have so much to offer and I never get enough of their voices. Thanks for your comments.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Triplet Mom, thanks for reminding me of all these fabulous female singers. I was thinking, not long ago, when we were talking about music, that back in the 70's, I practically only listened to women singers. After reading this hub, I realize why. I could sit here all day listening to the videos. Wonderful, wonderful hub!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Wyldflow3r!! I love the 70s too so many great voices!

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      Wyldflow3r 8 years ago

      A DIVERSE GROUP OF WOMEN, AND YOUR VIDEOS ARE GREAT!! I'M A BIG FAN OF THE 70'S AND A MUSIC FANATIC. GREAT HUB!!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you very much Fastfreta. I enjoyed learning about all of these women who are truly amazing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      You truly have some fantastic hubs. As the days go on I will have to come back and read more. This one is so good, I'll have to bookmark it to read it completely. Thanks for sharing.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      I have to agree with you completely incastreasures. Seems like today the studio effects can make an artist, even if they have no real talent. These women are talented and can stand on their own without any backing. They are true artists. Thank you!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Disco Pixie - Thank you very much. I am listening to some good music right now!!

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      Disco Pixie 8 years ago

      You've listed the best of the best! Time for me to put on some Aretha right now. :)

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      MM - Thank you very much. They do bring back many memories and I still love hearing them today. I think you are right about Dusty being the one. I know that there was a lot of controversy surrounding her sexuality but she went back and forth. Regardless she had an incredible voice!!

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi TM, Wow! The girls are in da HOUSE! You've covered them all. Brings back soooo many memories. The songs we grew up to, eh?

      I am pretty sure the singer Barry is referring to IS Dusty Springfield. I saw not too long ago a documentary about her and it said she was gay. Not that that has any bearing whatsoever on her singing!

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Barry - Thank you so much for stopping by. I am not sure of the singer you are thinking of. There are a few British Singers that were popular in the 60s such as Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Lulu and Petula Clark to name a few. I know that there was much controversy surrounding Dusty Springfield regarding her sexuality; some reports saying she was bisexual. Good luck in your search.

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      Barry Wah Lee 8 years ago from Auckland

      I was looking on the internet for the name of a girl Singer of the 60's and was sure she was British.She sang heart wrenchingly,and was gorgeous.Also she became Gay, according to a show I saw of her.Well, because of this last thing possibly fact, it seems it must have been Dusty Springfield.But the show must have focused on her performances while she was fairly Young, for I did not remember some of these other Preacher Man songs being attributed to her.Still, maybe it was not Dusty?Anyway, no other name seems to stick out.

      It was great to see that the information helping me was from a Hub Page.So I had to sign in and lend mt kudos to you for an excellent Hub.

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      eaasi3574 8 years ago

      Very sensible advice, thanks for your hub.

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      jajeisan5892 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      i like your hub

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love my Tapesty album, one of the best ever! And I agree with you on Fleetwood, almost every song's great! :D

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Yes Cris - Tapestry rocks! You've Got A Friend is one of my fave all time songs! And I love the old Fleetwood Mac numbers when Peter Green was still part of the group (see how ancient i am haha!) - Green Manalishi, Black Magic Woman, Rattlesnake Shake...and post Stevie Nicks - You make Loving Fun, Landslide, Gypsy ....actually all of them - but some I guess some are a bit more special than others :)

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Yeah Shalini Tapesty rocks! What's your favorite Fleetwood Mac song?

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Oh wow TM - that is a great list - and sooo nostalgic! I will come back and watch the videos - though I love them all, I guess Carole King and Stevie Nicks will always have a special place in my heart!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      It's okay, I won't tell her! Just "walk on by" LOL

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Cris - Thank you very much. I had totally forgotten about Ms Warwick that would make for a nice addition.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great list! Such wonderful artists you have here, and quite an eclectic mix too! And if I might add Dione Warwick :D

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Francia - I really enjoy music from the 70s and 80s. There is some really good stuff out there.

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      franciaonline 8 years ago from Philippines

       

      Very helpful hub! This will be the hub to visit again and again when I want to revisit the songs of the 70's - the inspiring 70's. Thanks Triple Mom for your effort in putting here the videos of these great female singers.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Graham - Great call a simple oversight on my part. She was huge and is still making waves today. A great artist that I left off of the list.

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      Graham 8 years ago

      Great list! But where is Linda Ronstadt??? She was HUUUUGE in the 70's and, unlike a lot on that list has proven her own longevity and artistic merit.:)

      x

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Seabastian! Wow I bet it was an amazing concert I will have to check that out if she does come my way.

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      Seabastian 8 years ago from Raleigh

      This is a great hub. I was glad to see Joan Baez on your list. I went to see her this weekend and she is still an incredible singer at 68 years old. It was a wonderful surprise to see that she was still touring and I felt lucky to be able to get tickets. She is definitely worth seeing if she comes to your area.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Sally - Thank you so much. I love Roberta Flack I could never leave her off. In fact as I am writing this I am listening to her and Donny Hathaway music that just moves me everytime I listen. I was shocked by her age and other things that I have read about her she is an amazing woman!! A toast to you enjoy the videos!!

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Wow, what a retrospective review! I admit, I was scrolling down hoping I'd find Roberta Flack on your list, one of my favorite vocalists of all time. And there she was. I didn't know she was born in 1937. That was a little bit of a shocker.

      You write awesome Hubs...I'm off to become your fan, and have a Scotch or two while I watch and listen to all these fantastic videos.

      Best regards, Sally

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Tony. I think that these singers are true vocalists without the help of the studio and that is what makes them so great. They are pure and what you see is what you get. I like that a lot. Yeah the modern singers really cannot hold a candle. Thanks again!

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      tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

      Lotta excellent singer songwriters here ! Joni Mitchell and Carole King are extraordinary In this regard .And Aretha will always be the queen ! Although she shoulda lost the hat at the Inaguration ! Not one modern singer at the grammys tonite can hold a candle to any of these talents you listed here !My particular favorite Is Patti Smith who was punk and artsy before that genre hit Its stride In the late 70s