The Women’s Room
- Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong
– Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (1947) More Billie!
- Ruth Brown – Mama! He Treats Your Daughter Mean! More!
- Boswell Sisters – Crazy People (1932) More!
- Sylvana Mangano – Anna (El negro zumbon) (1951) More!
- Ada Brown & Fats Waller w/ Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – That Ain’t Right (1943)
- Phillipa Fallon – Beat Poetess (1958)
- Sweet Emma Barrett
- June Richmond – Mr. Jackson from Jacksonville
- Patsy Cline – I’ve Loved and Lost Again (1957) More!
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head | More!
- The Ronettes – Be My Baby Shout
- Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema (1964) More!
- Rita Hayworth – Put the Blame on Mame (guitar version) More!
- Richard & Mimi Farina – Pack up Your Sorrows
- Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers – Throw Me Anywhere, Lord | More!
- Virginia O’Brien – Did I Get Stinkin’ at the Club Savoy (1942) More!
- Helen Kane – I Have to Have You (1929) More!
- Carmen Miranda – O que e que a biana (1939) –or– in Old-er Worlds, Brazilian
- Wanda Jackson – Cool Love (1958) –or– Rock ‘uh’ Billy Goatee-Time for Toons
- Hedy West – Little Sadie (1939) –or– Some more Heady Hedy West
- International Sweethearts of Rhythm (1946) –also in– Pre-Bop
- Lena Horne – The Lady is a Tramp (1948) –also in– Old’s Cool
- Frances Carroll and the Coquettes, Viola Smith, drums (1939) –also in– Beat This!
I remember when I was 15 years old, about 3 years into collecting, pawing through a stack of records when I noticed that they were nearly all by men. Women made up over half of the population but only a very tiny percentage of the records issued. It was at that point that I tarted seriously collecting records by female artists.
“They got this shit backwards. It should be the R&B Hall of Fame, where blacks decide which white rockers deserve to get in.” – Etta James