Top 12 Black Women Singers of the ‘60s

Black women singers of ’60s depicts the birth of their supremacy in the music industry. Let’s have a look at these amazing singers and girl groups that made an impact during this era.

Top Black Solo Artist of the ’60s

Dionne Warwick

dionne warwickDionne Warwick has one of the most magical voice of the ’60s. Her enchanting is unrivaled. This is evident with 60 charted hits and also 5 Grammy Awards! Her superstar cousins Whitney, learned from her yet has not had her lasting success due to a bad marital relationships and bad addictions. However, Dionne is still in high demand and also recording music even after half a century in this industry!

Aretha Franklin

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A name that transcend generations, Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards, sold 10s of millions of albums, and is generally recognized to be the greatest singer in the history of postwar music. James Brown, Sam Cooke, Etta James, Otis Redding, Ray Charles: even these big names did not match her prowess in the music industry with her range from jazz to gospel, R&B, and pop. At the 1998 Grammys, Luciano Pavarotti called in unwell with an aching throat, and with only a 20 minute notice, Aretha sang “Nessun Dorma” beautifully in his place. What defines her is not only the breadth of her vocal talent; but also her musical knowledge, her way of vocal singing behind the beat, and her exquisite translation of the lyrics into emotions.

Tina Turner

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Another Grammy winner Tina Turner rose to fame in the 1960s by singing and also performing with then-husband Ike Turner, and subsequently enjoying a worldwide solo success with hits like “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Better Be Good to Me,” “Private Dancer” as well as “Typical Male”.

Irma Thomas

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Although Irma has actually had just little success as a recording artist after her mid-sixties prime time, continued her musical career throughout the years. Throughout the sixties she was a prominent entertainer in the Southern college circuit (which was represented in the film “Animal House”), she toured with individuals like James Brown, she appeared in New York’s famous Apollo theatre, and even visited UK one time. Today she remains an incredibly popular artist in New Orleans, and she has actually likewise found herself a little yet committed cadre of fans in other places in the US as well as other countries.

Darlene Love

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Throughout the 1960s, Love sang in a variety of places, recording with The Blossoms and also as a solo artist, while singing back-up for the likes of Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, and many more big names. As Love later recalled, “One time I needed to make a list of all the artiste I’ve performed with. The list would be unbelievable, with over 200 famous singers we had actually backed up for over 15 years.” Therefore the many requests for her back-up singing work kept her too preoccupied to strongly go after a solo career.

Brenda Holloway

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Holloway was the very first West Coast musician ever before signed by Motown, and subsequently her very first Motown song was recorded in a studio located in Los Angeles and released in May of 1964. The track was a ballad called “Every Little Bit Hurts,” written by Ed Cobb, and climbed the charts to the number thirteen spot, making it the first Motown hit produced out of its legendary Hitsville studio in Detroit. Despite the fact that the hit would be the highest hit for Holloway, she wasn’t too keen with the song selection. After dropping out of Compton Community College’s music program, she started traveling to Detroit to record at the Motown studios.

Fontella Bass

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American soul singer, popular for the 1965 R&B hit song “Rescue Me”, which she unsuccessfully fought for to be acknowledged as co-writer. Coming from a family of musicians, she was also the wife of jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, her mother was Martha Bass and brother, David Peaston.

Top Black Girl Group of the ’60s

Supremes – Diana Ross

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With 12 number 1 pop songs, countless gold recordings, sold-out performances, and normal television looks, the Supremes were not only the most readily successful female team of the ’60s however amongst the top 5 pop/rock/soul acts of that years. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, as well as Florence Ballard made up Motown’s flagship team. Berry Gordy Jr.’s black pop music crossover group that paved the way from rock radio hits as well as bus tours to Las Vegas showrooms and Royal Command Performances.

Martha and the Vandellas

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Twelve of their songs got to the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the US while twenty two singles hit the Top 40 of the US R&B chart, 2 of which climbed to the number 1 spot on the chart. Six of the singles were Top 10 pop songs while ten were Top 10 R&B singles. Of all the songs they released, 25 of their songs were Hot 100 pop singles with 26 songs went into the Hot 100 R&B singles chart.

The Flirtations

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In 1967, the trio group, Flirtations, tried their luck in England, where they discovered a fresh start as both a doing gigs and recording albums. American soul music was hitting it big at that time in the U.K. so it was perfect timing for the girls. The Flirtations caught the attention of Decca Records producer Wayne Bickerton, who signed the trio up. With Bickerton picking their material (in addition to composing some of it) and handling their recording sessions, the Flirtations made their British recording debut with “How Can You Tell Me” and “Somebody Out There” in 1967 on the Parrot label. The group was moved to the Deram Records classify the list below year and launched a timeless piece of late ’60s soul in “Nothing But A Heartache” The song found success in America as well as England, riding the charts in Cashbox magazine for numerous weeks in 1969 and climbed up to number 31.

The Marvelettes

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Coming to the scene in the girl group era of the very early 1960s, the lively Marvelettes are forever popular for their hit “De sooner, de better”, Motown’s very first No. 1 record on the pop charts, “Please Mr. Postman.” The song has its very own life– not least with The Beatles’ renowned remake, and later still, a chart-topping version by The Carpenters. Nevertheless, the group that hailed from Inkster, Michigan, are remembered with other fine music made at Motown. In 1967 The Marvelettes had three hits in a row with “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” (#13 pop, #2 R&B), “When You’re Young and in Love” (#23 Pop, #9 R&B), as well as “My Baby Must Be a Magician” (#17 Pop, #8 R&B).

The Ronettes

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The Ronettes weren’t one of the most commercially successful girl group, but their music was some of the most hip in the field, thanks to their association with the legendary Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector. Their best hit, “Be My Baby,” is commonly regarded as one of the masterpieces of Spector’s oeuvre, and also of girl group in general. In fact, many critics have considered it one of the most romantic records of the rock & roll era.

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