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Amazing Women of the Sixties

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Artwork: Miki Peled

This is the account of the music of the sixties course "Evolution of the Revolution" that we give every semester Read More
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Despite gender inequality during the sixties, many of the leading lights were women.

They overcame prejudices to become leaders of various genres and left an indelible mark on music to this very day.

Here are some of the most famous ones (and we have had to leave out many!).

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Let’s start with Umm Kulthum, who started her singing career as a teenager, dressed as a male Bedouin to avoid gender prejudice. Read this lovely book by one of our students!

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Audrey Hepburn is our second female heroine of the sixties.

Here she is in what might be considered the epic feminist song of the era.

Her voice is dubbed though (can you tell?). From “My Fair Lady”.

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Without you, from My Fair Lady

 

 

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Here is what she might have sounded like had there been pitch correction in the sixties!!

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But perhaps the most poignant feminist song of the sixties was sung by a seventeen year old wonder, Lesley Sue Goldstein, otherwise known as Lesley Gore.

Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me

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Here is the modern version of this song:

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Carole King was a teenager when she wrote the music to this mega-hit with Gerry Goffin. It became a hit for the Shirelles.

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She also co-wrote Chains, covered by none other than the Beatles, Pleasant Valley Sunday (performed by the Monkees), and into Something Good (covered by Herman’s Hermits) and You Make me Feel like a Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin). And many more!

 

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I’m into Something Good (Herman’s Hermits)

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Wow! Aretha Franklin!! Wow!

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Like Carole King, whose original name was Carol Klein, Mama Cass changed here name (from Ellen Naomi Cohen).

Her quasi- torch song, Dream a little dream of me, became a great sixties hit, although it was actually written in the early 1930s.

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Mama Cass was a dominant force in the Mamas and the Papas.

She died too young.

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Judy Collins is another star of the sixties, highly talented singer and musician with an uncanny knack of picking immortal songs, popularizing Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot.

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with Leonard Cohen singing “Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye”

 

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Joni Mitchell, another Canadian (!) is one of the most prominent songwriters and performers from the sixties to the present.

Among her hits are Both Sides Now, Chelsea Morning, Woodstock, and Big Yellow Taxi.

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Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell in concert 1970

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Here is an early appearance on Canadian TV, before she was Joni Mitchell!!!!

Joni Anderson (Joni Mitchell) – I was Born to Take the Highway!!

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Here is an e-book on Joni Mitchell, written by one of our students!

 

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Grace Slick was writer musician, the soloist of Jefferson Airplane, scoring two megahits with “Someone to Love” and “White Rabbit”.

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Somebody To Love

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Grace Slick – Let it go

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Grace Slick profile. CBS (aired: 08/03/09)

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Janis Joplin, unique singer-writer-musician is a sixties icon. Died at 27.  Summertime

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Janis Joplin – Piece Of My Heart

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Skeeter Davis was a country singer with one big crossover hit.

We should also mention Patsy Cline who died tragically in 1963.

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Marianne Faithfull was a muse for the Stones, made a huge hit out of “As tears go by” and figures in some of their famous songs.

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Sister Morphine” is a song written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull released a version of the song as the b-side to her 1969 single “Something Better” on Decca Records, 21 February 1969.

This appears to be a music video either compiled by or simply broadcast on European television network Arte, likely some time in the mid 80’s.

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Diana Ross and the Supremes were one of the only American bands to compete successfully with the Beatles.

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Diana Ross & The Supremes Baby Love

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The Best of The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show

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Someday We’ll Be Together – Diana Ross & The Supremes

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Other prominent soul singers of the sixties included Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and others.

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Foreign singing stars included Astrud Gilberto who was lucky enough to sing “Girl from Ipanema”.

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Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz: The Girl From Ipanema– 1964

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And how could we leave the Amazing Women of the Sixties without including Joan Baez.

Whether you like her singing or not, she is an indomitable force in this decade and well beyond.

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Joan Baez Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Bob Dylan cover

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And Donna Donna, originally a Yiddish song

 

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Thank you for reading my book!

If you like it, you might also want to read:

Jim Morrison and the Doors

Read more about me and see ALL my books on Ourboox (I have many)

Or even better, create a book of your own!!!

Here is a tutorial to help you get started on your own voyage as an Ourboox contributor!  And finally, you can always write me at [email protected]

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