Reflections: Remembering Mary Wilson
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Women played a central role in the development of the rock-and-roll genre, beginning with early blues artists, like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and gospel artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Spirited rhythm-and-blues singers – such as Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, and rockabilly star Wanda Jackson added their creative talents to popular music through its explosive growth in the ‘50s. Girl groups, like the Shirelles and Supremes, and Rock Hall’s first female Inductee Aretha Franklin dominated the charts in the ‘60s while Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell carried the torch into the ‘70s. Artists such as Joan Jett, Ann Wilson, Debbie Harry, Pat Benatar, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, and Stevie Nicks paved the way for women in the ‘80s and ‘90s with their music and style. And, blazing a way through the 21st century includes the incredible voices of St. Vincent, Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and new generations of trailblazers who were influenced by those before them.
The Rock Hall’s 2021 Nominee ballot is the most gender inclusive ballot in the organization’s history. It features even more trailblazers, including Carole King, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, The Go-Gos, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige and Kate Bush. You can cast your votes once a day now through April 30th.VOTE
Enjoy podcast episodes with unfiltered access to iconic Induction speeches, including past episodes featuring influential women of rock with Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Diana Ross, Ann Wilson, Mavis Staples, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Baez, Gladys Knick, and Mariah Carey.
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