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1970s female folk/rock singers

Who is your favorite, and why?

If you're looking for Olivia Newton-John or Helen Reddy, you're in the wrong thread.

by Anonymousreply 4307/12/2013

I voted for Laura Nyro but how could you forget Joan Baez and Judy Collins, OP?

Or Mary Travers?

by Anonymousreply 106/30/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 206/30/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 306/30/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 406/30/2013

OP, how old are you?

by Anonymousreply 506/30/2013

Never a big star, but I'd like to add Gayle McCormick.

by Anonymousreply 606/30/2013

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":

by Anonymousreply 706/30/2013

This one is my favorite, R7. It never made the top 40, but my mom absolutely loved it and used to sing it all the time around the house.

by Anonymousreply 806/30/2013

Nyro fans should check out Judee Sill. I just discovered her. Especially "The Donor."

by Anonymousreply 906/30/2013

Nicolette Larson

by Anonymousreply 1007/04/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1107/04/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1207/04/2013

Molly Hatchet?

by Anonymousreply 1307/05/2013

Patti Smith

by Anonymousreply 1407/05/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1507/05/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1607/05/2013

lol R13.

by Anonymousreply 1707/05/2013

Karla Bonoff

by Anonymousreply 1807/05/2013

Joan Armatrading.

by Anonymousreply 1907/05/2013

Midnight at the oasis, put this poll to bed!

by Anonymousreply 2007/05/2013

Tina Turner Diana Ross

by Anonymousreply 2107/05/2013

What about Brand New Key chartreuse Melodie?

Or the scandalously forgotten Fanny?

by Anonymousreply 2207/05/2013

Ruby Starr from Black Oak Arkansas. Not even kidding, bitch was fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 2307/06/2013

another for Patti Smith

and everyone in Labelle

by Anonymousreply 2407/06/2013

Joan Baez. Gorgeous voice.

by Anonymousreply 2507/06/2013

You have left out the best of the all, Jennifer Warnes

by Anonymousreply 2607/09/2013

Janis Ian

by Anonymousreply 2707/09/2013

Agree with Janis Ian. Saw her many times in concert in the 70's. In concert she has a very powerful voice. On recordings, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 2807/09/2013

I have a friend who's a folk singer.

by Anonymousreply 2907/09/2013

The divine Bonnie Koloc.

Chicago folkies might know her. I went to see her all over the place. Earl of Old Town, Charlottes Web in Rockford. Heavenly voice.

by Anonymousreply 3007/09/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3107/09/2013

Bonnie Taylor

by Anonymousreply 3207/10/2013

Bonnie Raitt was the big favorite when I was in college (74-78); the "Purple" album was in a lot of record collections.

by Anonymousreply 3307/10/2013

Buffy Sainte Marie, singing her song made famous later on: Up Where We Belong.

She was pretty much blacklisted during the 70s for her Native American politics.

by Anonymousreply 3407/10/2013

Where's Jennifer Warnes? Famous Blue Raincoat people.

by Anonymousreply 3507/10/2013

R35, Famous Blue Raincoat didn't come out until 1987.

by Anonymousreply 3607/10/2013

correct r35 but Warnes was still a major singing talent in the 70s. Right Time of the Night people (edit re-phrase).

by Anonymousreply 3707/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3807/10/2013

Elkie Brooks. Either solo or with Vinegar Joe. I have a Mary! moment whenever I hear her sing Lilac Wine.

by Anonymousreply 3907/10/2013

[quote] What about Brand New Key chartreuse Melodie?

R22 - Was she related to Melanie?

[quote] Bonnie Taylor

R32 - Was she related to Bonnie Tyler?

by Anonymousreply 4007/10/2013

I never thought I was a Joe Cocker fan until I heard Buffy Saint Marie bleating that song at r34. Yikes that's bad.

by Anonymousreply 4107/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4207/10/2013

Judy Henske

by Anonymousreply 4307/12/2013
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