Who is your favorite, and why?
If you're looking for Olivia Newton-John or Helen Reddy, you're in the wrong thread.
I voted for Laura Nyro but how could you forget Joan Baez and Judy Collins, OP?
Or Mary Travers?
I like all of them, really, but I voted for Linda Ronstadt. I never really had a diva the way some gay men do, but she sang the songs I listened to the first time someone broke up with me who mattered. Her albums [italic]Hasten down the Wind, Simple Dreams[/italic], and [italic]Prisoner in Disguise[/italic] are my favorites. And then there was her single "Long, Long Time," which I didn't hear until that time, 1976.
Carly Simon is second to Linda. I probably have everything she ever recorded on my computer, and I can just listen to her for hours, sometimes for days on end.
Everyone else is kind of tied for third place.
Laura Nyro was fucking amazing. I wasn't even around in the 70s, but just discovered her a few years ago. She was never a mainstream star, but you can hear how she influenced scores of artists.
Despite the fact that her biggest chart hit, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", was released in 1971, Joan Baez was really a much more influential artist in the 60s, not the 70s.
As for Mary Travers, do you really think she was as influential as a solo artist in the 1970s as she was as part of Peter, Paul & Mary in the 1960s? If you do, fine, but I respectfully disagree.
I did think of Judy Collins, and in retrospect should have probably included her (hence the ""OP, you're an idiot" option), although I don't regard her as a force as much as these other women.
OP, how old are you?
Never a big star, but I'd like to add Gayle McCormick.
I liked Smith, R6. I had their one album in 1969, but that was all. I didn't recognize Gayle McCormick's name at first. Here's "Baby It's You":
Nyro fans should check out Judee Sill. I just discovered her. Especially "The Donor."
Joan Baez's best selling album ever (Diamonds and Rust) was released in 1975. When I saw her in one of her many tours in the 1970s, she sold out a sports area in Philadelphia. In the early 1970s, her albums still contained protest songs about Vietnam, a war she had always opposed. Her husband was in jail in 1971 for protesting the Vietnam war. Baez was in Hanoi during the Nixon Christmas bombings in 1972, and released a live album from that visit. In the '70s, Baez was writing some of the songs she sang in concert and on records & singing Dylan's songs.
Unlike the singers on your list, Baez still tours every year (including this summer).
I understand why you thought of her as a 1960s
singers, OP, but her career is still going strong in 2013. Baez should have been listed for a vote.
I'm very fond of Laura Nyro, but I voted "Other" because my favorite 1970's female voice (for sheer beauty) is Sandy Denny's.
Sandy Denny was a better singer than ALL those listed in the poll. Her voice was amazing. And a talented songwriter too; her "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" has become a standard.
I also like Melanie. She wrote some great songs and had a unique, creaky voice.
Damn. Hard to vote because I love all of 'em. Finally went with Carole King, because who didn't have a copy of Tapestry?
*I mean if you were a girl in the '70s.
Flirtin' with disaster
Midnight at the oasis, put this poll to bed!
What about Brand New Key chartreuse Melodie?
Or the scandalously forgotten Fanny?
Ruby Starr from Black Oak Arkansas. Not even kidding, bitch was fabulous.
Actually, Olivia Newton-John's early recordings are folk-country, though in a more easy listening than rock vein.
Kim Carnes also fell into the folk-rock-country category before "Bette Davis Eyes" became a hit.
Bonnie Raitt was the big favorite when I was in college (74-78); the "Purple" album was in a lot of record collections.
correct r35 but Warnes was still a major singing talent in the 70s. Right Time of the Night people (edit re-phrase).
At first I thought "Right Time of the Night" was by Linda Ronstadt, but when I went to the record store, I found I already had her latest album. A friend finally brought it over one day. I didn't like the whole album as much for a long, long time.
Elkie Brooks. Either solo or with Vinegar Joe. I have a Mary! moment whenever I hear her sing Lilac Wine.
[quote] What about Brand New Key chartreuse Melodie?
R22 - Was she related to Melanie?
[quote] Bonnie Taylor
R32 - Was she related to Bonnie Tyler?
I never thought I was a Joe Cocker fan until I heard Buffy Saint Marie bleating that song at r34. Yikes that's bad.
If you include songwriting - it's Joni Mitchell, hands down.
Carole King is a great songwriter, Bonnie Raitt is a great guitarist, other girls may have been more technically proficient or had better tone, but it's still Joni all day long.