Celebrating Powerful Female Voices Who Shaped R&B

Rhythm-and-blues has been home to some of the most powerful and influential female voices in music history. From the early days of the genre to the present, women have made their mark with their stunning vocals, raw emotion, and fierce independence. Here, you can find a summary of the women who have been at the forefront of shaping the genre since its inception.

These women have shown that rhythm-and-blues is not just a genre of music, but a platform for self-expression, empowerment, and social change. Through their music, they have inspired generations of women to be strong, independent, and true to themselves. Their contributions to the world of music will always be remembered, and their influence will continue to be felt for generations to come.

Jim Dandy To The Rescue

With a recognizable drum intro from David Albert ‘Panama’ Francis, and with guidance on the tenor sax by Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor, LaVern Baker hit the charts in 1956 with the song ‘Jim Dandy’. The…

The Rhythm of Shirley Ellis – The Name Game

Shirley Ellis, born Shirley Marie O’Garra in 1929, was an American soul singer and songwriter who gained international fame during the 1960s. Although her active recording span was short, Shirley Ellis left us with many…

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