Women History Month: Singers and Performers

Written by: Amber Baldwin

With it being Women’s History Month, it is important to celebrate the women who have played an important part in history. Here are some female singers who have made some amazing works of music.

Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)
Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song,” was a jazz singer who won 13 Grammy Awards and an abundance of other achievements in music. Her voice range was very broad, so she was able to sing a variety of different music types. Fitzgerald worked with many other jazz musicians like Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole. She also traveled all around the world doing concerts. By the end of her life, she had recorded over 200 albums and her last concert was at Carnegie Hall. It was also her 26th time performing there. To find out more about Fitzgerald, check out her website at http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/

Patsy Cline (1932-1963)
Patsy Cline was a country singer known for her songs “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Crazy.” She was one of the first country music artists to be able to overlap into pop music and actually have it work out. In 1973 she was the first solo female artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Cher (1946-present)
Cher is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has sold over 100 million records around the world and that is on top of the 40 million records that were sold as Sonny & Cher. Many radio stations would not play her very first single “Ringo, I Love You” because her contralto voice was apparently too low and sounded like a man and the radio stations did not want people thinking the song was about homosexuality. Now the media calls her the “Goddess of Pop.”

Girls Generation
This all-girls K-pop group began in 2007. They are also Billboard’s “Top K-pop Girl Group of the Past Decade” and they are also the first Asian girl group to have five music videos on YouTube with over 100 million views on each video. Not only are they known for their music, but they are also known for their fashion statements. The group went on a break in 2017 so that the members could gain more experience in the entertainment field individually. They all still support each other.

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