Rock and roll’s not always so far is made with equal rights. This applies particularly to the early rockabilly. As Elvis, Carl Perkins and Gene Vinzent from black rhythm’n blues and white country a new, explosive concoction mixed, the kitchen was a domain of the woman, all temporary signs of emancipation during the second world war despite.
On stage she had seen off somewhat lost, as romantic ballad singer by a few, generally African-American jazz and blues singers. Today, the thing luckily looks slightly different.The ladies are still in the minority, at least in the rockabilly the gap has become but noticeably smaller singers. It’s not so easy to choose a – as always purely subjective – top ten.
1. Wanda Jackson
Our number one is probably not a huge surprise. The 1937-born “Queen of rockabilly” went early with Elvis Presley on tour, who advised her to redeem the country against rockabilly. She made the painful experience that the audience of the Grand Ole Opry had not much for rock ‘n’ roll and sang the legendary with its distinctive grater voice “let’s have A party”. Later she celebrated successes with country, landed with the German hit “Santo Domingo” right up front in the Bravo charts, and finally converted to the Gospel.Then came Jack White and since then she’s back, the rockabilly Wanda. Because, who cares that she is already on the 80, as long as she sings still “rip it up”.
2. Janis Martin
With the epithet “The Female Elvis” chosen by their label, Janis Martin was never quite satisfied, also because she themselves of rock ‘n’ roll preferred Carl Perkins King.However, it had in the eyes of many contemporaries enough potential to meet the demands related. The 1940 born rockabilly singer landed their first hit with “Will You, Willyum”. Martin was only 15 years old at this time. Soon, even the unexpected end of her career came when the singer was pregnant of her secretly married childhood sweetheart and then withdrew from the business. At the time of the rockabilly revival in England celebrated again a furious comeback before a new rock and roll generation. 2007, Janis Martin died of cancer shortly after she had recorded their last album.
3. Lorrie Collins
Together with her brother Larry Collins, Lorrie Collins was one of the most popular acts of rockabilly 50s. In doing so, were still teenagers the Collins kids at this time and have never seen a real hit in her entire career. But only the powerful voice of Lorrie, the first girlfriend of teenage Star Ricky Nelson, made sure that the duo at an American audience was temporarily more popular than all other rock ‘n’ roll stars mid-50s. Also her career came to an end when focused at the beginning of the 60s on her role as a young mother Lorrie first. However, she recorded later some duets directed her brother with well-known artists such as Merle Haggard, before the Collins kids at the beginning of the 90s celebrated their comeback – in England, where else.
4. Imelda May
Without a doubt, among the greats of the modern rockabilly. With their album “Love Tattoo” the Irish singer Imelda May swept 2009 in her home country the boss from the top of the album charts and enthusiastic Rockabillies, music critics and a lot of people, for the rock ‘n’ roll so far was that “what this Elvis has previously made”. Worldwide tours and concerts with legends such as Jeff Beck, an own television show and the album “Tribal”, that makes further, where may a few years earlier had stopped, and that followed with sense and mind.
5. Kim Lenz
The daughter of a Rodeo Queen is ignored like in articles about female rockabilly singers.Kim has this spring with their Jaguars Meanwhile acquired a brilliant reputation rockabillies and fans of roots music. The Rolling Stone dared even claiming that Elvis, would he have been a woman, it would have sounded like the energetic redhead. On her last album, “Follow Me” Kim enriched Lenz their 50s Rockabilly with a dash of soul, of course without getting their roots to adopt.
6 Sparkle Moore
Sparkle Moore published during her career in the 50s just a handful of singles, but they now rightly be seen as jewels of the early rockabilly. Because their shrill outfits, her love for wild rock ‘n’ roll and titles like “Killer” and “skull and crossbones” it is considered in 1939 born musician in Omaha, Nebraska by some even as a punk rock pioneer. Moore she sang not only quite unconventional, but also as a guitarist was a great figure stood out from their few female colleagues only.
7 Brenda Lee
Their first single, “Jambalaya” / “Bigelow 6‑200” Brenda Lee recorded in 1956 at the age of 11. Later, the former child star of the pop music turned and finally in the 70’s to the country. At the beginning of her career, Lee sang but also some rockabilly songs that enjoy cult status today. Includes – but quite leisurely – Christmas song “rockin’ around the Christmas tree”. While the small size and powerful voice provided by “little Miss dynamite” repeatedly for curious reactions. Even the rumor spread in France, the then 15 years was short in reality to a 32-year-old.
8 Rose Maddox
It is today mainly as a country singer and-geigerin in memory. While rose and her brothers, who explained the field work against making music in his late 30s were the pioneers of rockabilly. The Maddox Bros. were mid of 50’s, in the heyday of the early Rock’n’Rolls. and rose a popular Act, provided the with their Hillbilly Boogie full halls and appeared with Elvis Presley. After the dissolution of the band 1957 “The Grandmother Of Rockabilly” turned successful bluegrass. Rose Maddox, several heart attacks could not hold to carry on with the music until she died in 1998 at the age of 72.
9 Barbara Pittman
Barbara Pittman was one of the few women who were allowed to record at Sun Studio, and was even the only one who has been contracted by Sam Phillips. Went out of the cooperation among the now popular “I need A man” out. That alone and the fact that the rockabilly singer was friend since childhood with Elvis Presley, no reason to include it in this list would be. But in the end the music provides the decisive argument and this is a very compelling in the case of Barbara Pittman.
10 Josie Kreuzer
She heard compared to most ladies here to the boys in their genre, prove she need more something anyone but. Currently, the tall blonde inserts a break from music. Until this is over, still the possibility to lead the three previously published panels by Josie Kreuzer to heart and hope to supply remains all fans of swinging oldschool rockabilly.
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