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    Female Frontmen

    Ya I said frontMEN, so sue me. Frontwomen sounds awkward. Anyway there's been a lot of great ladies fronting bands over the years. They are usually singers that play an instrument occasionally eg. Chrissie Hynde, Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks etc.

    But this lady has got it all - great voice, stage presence, high energy and looks. When I saw this video back in 1985 I was spellbound.


    Maria McKee with Lone Justice




    Any others come to mind?

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    You've already mentioned some great ones. Additionally, I love Kate Bush's stuff from the '80s, as well as some of Suzanne Vega's work from that period. The Wilson sisters from Heart. I loved the production on Sarah McLachlan's "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy." And of course, Sade, Tina Turner, the Bangles, and Aimee Mann in 'Til Tuesday.

    (By the way, I'm about as un-PC as you can get, and even I think "Female Frontmen" sounds a little odd. Maybe "Female Bandleaders?" "Great Women Singers?")

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    June Millington fronted Fanny playing a Burst!



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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Driscoll View Post
    You've already mentioned some great ones. Additionally, I love Kate Bush's stuff from the '80s, as well as some of Suzanne Vega's work from that period. The Wilson sisters from Heart. I loved the production on Sarah McLachlan's "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy." And of course, Sade, Tina Turner, the Bangles, and Aimee Mann in 'Til Tuesday.

    (By the way, I'm about as un-PC as you can get, and even I think "Female Frontmen" sounds a little odd. Maybe "Female Bandleaders?" "Great Women Singers?")
    I think there's a fine line between solo female artists, and bands who are fronted by a female. You mentioned Aimee Mann of Til Tuesday - perfect example of a frontlady. The rest appear as themnselves, and have a backing band.

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Driscoll View Post
    You've already mentioned some great ones. Additionally, I love Kate Bush's stuff from the '80s, as well as some of Suzanne Vega's work from that period. The Wilson sisters from Heart. I loved the production on Sarah McLachlan's "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy." And of course, Sade, Tina Turner, the Bangles, and Aimee Mann in 'Til Tuesday.

    (By the way, I'm about as un-PC as you can get, and even I think "Female Frontmen" sounds a little odd. Maybe "Female Bandleaders?" "Great Women Singers?")
    I'm glad you mentioned Kate Bush, I was going to do the same. She's incredible. I do understand Foggy72's point about solo artists though, but then again she did front a band during the few tours she did .
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    Re: Female Frontmen

    How about The Runaways? All female band who also spawned two great female solo acts.

    Last edited by Keefoman; 09-18-19 at 11:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keefoman View Post
    How about The Runaways? All female band who also spawned two great female solo acts.

    http://youtu.be/Cjd01Cup8yw
    Ann Wilson of Heart comes to mind...


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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Any list of female lead singers has to include Pat Benatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    June Millington fronted Fanny playing a Burst!



    And her sister Jean played bass guitar
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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Who could forget...


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    Re: Female Frontmen

    This one does it for me!

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    Mrs Trucks, and Ms Fish ain't bad either


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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Lzzy Hale......

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Joan Jett

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Anybody 'round here ever heard of some gal named Janis Joplin?

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    I'm gonna go with Ann Wilson.

    Barracuda.

    (And total fox.)

    And plays better in her sleep than I do awake...

    But for the newer kids here this one really does it for me in a TOTALLY different way, talent oot the wazoo and a great video shooter...





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    Re: Female Frontmen

    The great Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention.

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Chrissie and the Pretenders was the very first LP I ever bought of a band featuring a female singer. She's about it for me.
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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Wendy O Williams, not much of a singer, but she could sure put on a show.
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    Re: Female Frontmen

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    Joan Jett

    That would be my choice too.


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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Quote Originally Posted by ourmaninthenorth View Post
    The great Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention.

    I've been on a big Sandy Denny kick lately! Her album with the Strawbs is really great!
    This is a song from the new album, it's a deep meaningful song this one... No, it's not whiskey in the fucking jar... Philip Lynott

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Why even say "female" or "women". You don't say "black singer"

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Song writing team Toni Brown and Terry Garthwaite formed Joy of Cooking in the late 60's early 70's https://youtu.be/aNSDi_Y5Jd0

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Craw View Post
    Anybody 'round here ever heard of some gal named Janis Joplin?
    Absolutely. And she was very much the leader of Big Brother. I guess you could add in Grace Slick and Lydia Pence.

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Robert Plant.

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    Re: Female Frontmen

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilko View Post
    Why even say "female" or "women". You don't say "black singer"
    If this thread were simply titled "Frontmen," we'd be seeing a very different list.

    QED:

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Blues View Post
    Robert Plant.

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