Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than by honoring the 55 influential women that have been inducted into the performers' section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
While 2019 sees the addition of Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks (the first woman to be a double-inductee), women only comprise just over seven percent of the performers' section of the Rock Hall. (The performers' section is currently made up of 751 musicians.)
While there are plenty of women eligible and worthy for induction, scroll through the list below and see who's made it into the Rock Hall so far. Hopefully, significantly more women will be added in future years.
Aretha Franklin – Inducted in 1987
Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged.
The Supremes (Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson) – Inducted in 1988
Their number one song from 1969 and into 1970. This song was number one for one week. In this song, Johnny Bristol was harmonizing with Diana to help her with the song. They decided to use the track as is. The background vocals are not of Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong but rather it is with Maxine and Julia Waters.
LaVern Baker – Inducted in 1991
She was born Delores LaVern Baker in Chicago, Illinois. She is occasionally referred to as Delores Williams because of an early marriage to Eugene Williams; in the late 1940s he was identified in RCA Victor record company files as "D. L. McMurley." She was the niece of blues singer Merline Johnson and was also related to Memphis Minnie.
Tina Turner – Inducted in 1991 with Ike & Tina Turner
early stuff in the TNT show 1965
Ruth Brown – Inducted in 1993
RUTH BROWN Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean 1955
Etta James – Inducted in 1993
Music video by Etta James performing Something's Got A Hold On Me.
Cynthia Robinson - Inducted in 1993 with Sly & the Family Stone
Music video by Sly & The Family Stone performing Dance To The Music. (P) Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Donna Jean Godchaux - Inducted in 1994 with the Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead - Scarlet Begonias 1974 (Winterland)
Janis Joplin – Inducted in 1995
Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart (Live In Germany) - 1968
Martha and the Vandellas (Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford-Holmes, Annette Sterling-Helton, Lois Reeves, Betty Kelly) – Inducted in 1995
Actuació el 1965 d'aquest trio americà, un dels màxims exponents del so pop-soul de la Tamla Motown, a la televisió anglesa. Aquest tema, que el trio de productors i compositors format per Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland i Brian Holland composà per elles el 1963, arribà aquell any a número 4 a les llistes d'èxits.
Gladys Knight – Inducted in 1996 with Gladys Knight & the Pips
Gladys Knight has always been one of my favorites. What a classy lady! Gladys Knight & The Pips were an R&B/soul family musical act from Atlanta, Georgia, active from 1953 to 1989.
The Shirelles (Shirley Alston Reeves, Addie Harris, Doris Kenner Jackson, Beverly Lee) – Inducted in 1996
THE SHIRELLES - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow [ 60's Video In NEW STEREO ].mp4
Maureen Tucker – Inducted in 1996 with The Velvet Underground
"Sunday Morning" is a song by The Velvet Underground. It is the opening track on their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico. It was also released as a single in 1966 with "Femme Fatale". In late 1966, "Sunday Morning" was the final song to be recorded for The Velvet Underground & Nico.
Grace Slick - Inducted in 1996 with Jefferson Airplane
http://mx.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3FAD6DF689FC6C23 Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit" Live on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. From the Dvd "Fly Jefferson Airplane"
Joni Mitchell – Inducted in 1997
Christine McVie & Stevie Nicks – Inducted in 1998 with Fleetwood Mac. Nick is the first woman double inductee as part of the 2019 induction class for her solo work.
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Cass Elliot & Michelle Phillips – Inducted in 1998 with The Mamas & the Papas
The Mamas & Papas lip synching "California Dreaming" at The Hollywood Palace. "California Dreamin'" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire. However, the best-known version is by the Mamas & the Papas, who sang backup on the original version and released it as a single in 1965.
Dusty Springfield – Inducted in 1999
Dusty Springfield - Son of a preacher man
Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples & Yvonne Staples – Inducted in 1999 with The Staple Singers
Bonnie Raitt – Inducted in 2000
Music video by Bonnie Raitt performing Something To Talk About (Video Version).
Brenda Lee – Inducted in 2002
Brenda Lee was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on Dec. 11, 1944, in Atlanta. She was the second daughter of Rubin and Grace Tarpley. The youngster showed distinctive vocal talent at age 3, won her first singing contest when she was 5 and was performing regularly on an Atlanta radio station when she was 7.
Tina Weymouth – Inducted in 2002 with Talking Heads
Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House," from the 1983 album Speaking in Tongues.
Chrissie Hynde – Inducted in 2005 with The Pretenders
Pretenders - Brass in pocket 1980 I got brass in pocket Got bottle, I'm gonna use it. Intention I feel inventive, Gonna make you, make you, make you notice Got motion, restrained emotion. I been driving uh, Detroit leaning. No reason, just seems so pleasing.
Debbie Harry – Inducted in 2006 with Blondie
Official video of Blondie performing Heart Of Glass from the album Parallel Lines. Buy It Here: http://smarturl.it/tshaz0 Like Blondie on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Blondie Follow Blondie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/BlondieOfficial Official Website: http://www.blondie.net/ See More Videos Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlondieVEVO
The Ronettes (Veronica, Estelle Bennett, Nedra Talley) – Inducted in 2007
music video (w/subs): BE MY BABY - The Ronettes - live at tv show Shindig! , aired on US tv: 11 August 1965 Songwriters: Ellie Greenwich (✝, 68 yrs) and Jeff Barry Lead singer: Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector) Born: August 10, 1943, New York City.
Patti Smith – inducted in 2007
Patti Smith's official music video for 'People Have The Power'. Click to listen to Patti Smith on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/PattiSSpot?IQid=PHP As featured on Land (1975-2002).
Madonna – Inducted in 2008
Madonna - Like A Prayer Official Video From the 'Like A Prayer' album 1989 - Sire / Warner Bros. Records
Agnetha Fältskog & Anni-Frid Lyngstad – Inducted in 2010 with ABBA
Listen to ABBA: https://play.lnk.to/ABBA Follow ABBA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABBA/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abbaofficial/ Read More About ABBA: http://www.abbasite.com/ (Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus) © 1982 Polar Music International AB Published by: Universal/Union Songs AB Video produced by: Kjell Sundvall and Kjell-Åke Andersson
Darlene Love – Inducted in 2011
Love joined "The View" for the third Christmas season to perform her hit.
Claudette Rogers Robinson - Inducted in 2012 with The Miracles
In the early days of The Miracles, Claudette actually did more than a few leads; this is one of them, cover of The Orlons huge hit; from the 1963 album "The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey".
Laura Nyro - Inducted in 2012
Monterey Festival,June 16 to June 18, 1967, Monterey County Fairgrounds, California.
Ann & Nancy Wilson – Inducted in 2013 with Heart
Heart Live At The Royal Albert Hall - released 25th November 2016. DVD - http://smarturl.it/HEARTRAHDVD Blu Ray - http://smarturl.it/HEARTRAHBR CD - http://smarturl.it/HEARTRAHCD In a career spanning over 40 years it seems inconceivable that they have never performed at London's most famous venue The Royal Albert Hall.
Donna Summer – Inducted in 2013
Live at Nobel Peace Prize Concert - December 11, 2009 (another perspective)
Linda Ronstadt – Inducted in 2014
Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good
Joan Jett – Inducted in 2015 with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Joan Jett's official music video for 'I Hate Myself For Loving You'. Click to listen to Joan Jett on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/JJettSpot?IQid=JJettHM As featured on Up Your Alley.
Joan Baez – Inducted in 2017
one of the best-loved songs ever recorded about the Civil War: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by The Band. The song was first recorded in 1969, and was later covered and/or performed by Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, the Black Crowes, Bruce Hornsby, and the Allman Brothers Band, among others...
Nina Simone – Inducted in 2018
Nina Simone playing live in London, 1968. DrMandinga
Janet Jackson – Inducted in 2019
Best of JanetJackson: https://goo.gl/Q66LLF Subscribe here: https://goo.gl/znZzEg Music video by Janet Jackson performing Rhythm Nation. (C) 1989 A&M Records
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.