A Salute to the 55 Women Performers in the Rock Hall

Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than by honoring the 55 influential women that have been inducted into the performers' section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

While 2019 sees the addition of Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks (the first woman to be a double-inductee), women only comprise just over seven percent of the performers' section of the Rock Hall. (The performers' section is currently made up of 751 musicians.)

While there are plenty of women eligible and worthy for induction, scroll through the list below and see who's made it into the Rock Hall so far. Hopefully, significantly more women will be added in future years.


Aretha Franklin – Inducted in 1987

Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged.

 


The Supremes (
Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson) – Inducted in 1988

Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes

Their number one song from 1969 and into 1970. This song was number one for one week. In this song, Johnny Bristol was harmonizing with Diana to help her with the song. They decided to use the track as is. The background vocals are not of Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong but rather it is with Maxine and Julia Waters.


LaVern Baker – Inducted in 1991

Lavern Baker - Tra La La (from the movie Rock Rock Rock - 1956)

She was born Delores LaVern Baker in Chicago, Illinois. She is occasionally referred to as Delores Williams because of an early marriage to Eugene Williams; in the late 1940s he was identified in RCA Victor record company files as "D. L. McMurley." She was the niece of blues singer Merline Johnson and was also related to Memphis Minnie.

 

Tina Turner – Inducted in 1991 with Ike & Tina Turner

Ike & Tina Turner "Fool In Love" & "Work Out Fine" medley

early stuff in the TNT show 1965

 


Ruth Brown – Inducted in 1993

RUTH BROWN - Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean

RUTH BROWN Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean 1955

 


Etta James – Inducted in 1993

Etta James - Something's Got A Hold On Me (Live)

Music video by Etta James performing Something's Got A Hold On Me.

Cynthia Robinson - Inducted in 1993 with Sly & the Family Stone 

Sly & The Family Stone - Dance To The Music (Audio)

Music video by Sly & The Family Stone performing Dance To The Music. (P) Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Donna Jean Godchaux - Inducted in 1994 with the Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead - Scarlet Begonias 1974

Grateful Dead - Scarlet Begonias 1974 (Winterland)


Janis Joplin – Inducted in 1995

Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart

Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart (Live In Germany) - 1968


Martha and the Vandellas (
Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford-Holmes, Annette Sterling-Helton, Lois Reeves, Betty Kelly) – Inducted in 1995

Martha & the Vandellas - Heatwave

Actuació el 1965 d'aquest trio americà, un dels màxims exponents del so pop-soul de la Tamla Motown, a la televisió anglesa. Aquest tema, que el trio de productors i compositors format per Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland i Brian Holland composà per elles el 1963, arribà aquell any a número 4 a les llistes d'èxits.


Gladys Knight – Inducted in 1996 with Gladys Knight & the Pips

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia

Gladys Knight has always been one of my favorites. What a classy lady! Gladys Knight & The Pips were an R&B/soul family musical act from Atlanta, Georgia, active from 1953 to 1989.


The Shirelles (Shirley Alston Reeves, Addie Harris, Doris Kenner Jackson, Beverly Lee) – Inducted in 1996

THE SHIRELLES - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow [ 60's Video In NEW STEREO ].mp4

THE SHIRELLES - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow [ 60's Video In NEW STEREO ].mp4


Maureen Tucker – Inducted in 1996 with The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground-Sunday Morning 1967

"Sunday Morning" is a song by The Velvet Underground. It is the opening track on their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico. It was also released as a single in 1966 with "Femme Fatale". In late 1966, "Sunday Morning" was the final song to be recorded for The Velvet Underground & Nico.


Grace Slick - Inducted in 1996 with Jefferson Airplane 

Jefferson Airplane -White Rabbit-

http://mx.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3FAD6DF689FC6C23 Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit" Live on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. From the Dvd "Fly Jefferson Airplane"


Joni Mitchell – Inducted in 1997

Joni Mitchell - Coyote (The Last Waltz)

1976


Christine McVie & Stevie Nicks – Inducted in 1998 with Fleetwood Mac. Nick is the first woman double inductee as part of the 2019 induction class for her solo work.

Fleetwood Mac - Landslide (Official Music Video)

You're watching the official music video for Fleetwood Mac - "Landslide" from the 1975 album "Fleetwood Mac". The new Fleetwood Mac collection '50 Years - Don't Stop' is available now. Get your copy here https://lnk.to/FM50 and check out North American tour dates below to see if the band is coming to a town near you.


Cass Elliot & Michelle Phillips – Inducted in 1998 with The Mamas & the Papas

the mamas & papas - california dreaming - stereo edit

The Mamas & Papas lip synching "California Dreaming" at The Hollywood Palace. "California Dreamin'" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire. However, the best-known version is by the Mamas & the Papas, who sang backup on the original version and released it as a single in 1965.


Dusty Springfield – Inducted in 1999

Dusty Springfield - Son of a preacher man

Dusty Springfield - Son of a preacher man


Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples & Yvonne Staples – Inducted in 1999 with The Staple Singers

The Staples Singers Come Go With Me SoulTrainT

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Bonnie Raitt – Inducted in 2000

Bonnie Raitt - Something To Talk About

Music video by Bonnie Raitt performing Something To Talk About (Video Version).


Brenda Lee – Inducted in 2002

Brenda Lee - I'm Sorry

Brenda Lee was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on Dec. 11, 1944, in Atlanta. She was the second daughter of Rubin and Grace Tarpley. The youngster showed distinctive vocal talent at age 3, won her first singing contest when she was 5 and was performing regularly on an Atlanta radio station when she was 7.


Tina Weymouth – Inducted in 2002 with Talking Heads

Talking Heads - Burning Down the House (Official Video)

Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House," from the 1983 album Speaking in Tongues.


Chrissie Hynde – Inducted in 2005 with The Pretenders

Pretenders - Brass in pocket 1980

Pretenders - Brass in pocket 1980 I got brass in pocket Got bottle, I'm gonna use it. Intention I feel inventive, Gonna make you, make you, make you notice Got motion, restrained emotion. I been driving uh, Detroit leaning. No reason, just seems so pleasing.


Debbie Harry – Inducted in 2006 with Blondie

Blondie - Heart Of Glass

Official video of Blondie performing Heart Of Glass from the album Parallel Lines. Buy It Here: http://smarturl.it/tshaz0 Like Blondie on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Blondie Follow Blondie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/BlondieOfficial Official Website: http://www.blondie.net/ See More Videos Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlondieVEVO


The Ronettes (
Veronica, Estelle Bennett, Nedra Talley) – Inducted in 2007

The Ronettes - Be My Baby - live [HQ]

music video (w/subs): BE MY BABY - The Ronettes - live at tv show Shindig! , aired on US tv: 11 August 1965 Songwriters: Ellie Greenwich (✝, 68 yrs) and Jeff Barry Lead singer: Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector) Born: August 10, 1943, New York City.


Patti Smith – inducted in 2007

Patti Smith - People Have The Power

Patti Smith's official music video for 'People Have The Power'. Click to listen to Patti Smith on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/PattiSSpot?IQid=PHP As featured on Land (1975-2002).


Madonna – Inducted in 2008

Madonna - Like A Prayer (Official Music Video)

Madonna - Like A Prayer Official Video From the 'Like A Prayer' album 1989 - Sire / Warner Bros. Records


Agnetha Fältskog & Anni-Frid Lyngstad – Inducted in 2010 with ABBA

Abba - Take A Chance On Me

Listen to ABBA: https://play.lnk.to/ABBA Follow ABBA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABBA/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abbaofficial/ Read More About ABBA: http://www.abbasite.com/ (Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus) © 1982 Polar Music International AB Published by: Universal/Union Songs AB Video produced by: Kjell Sundvall and Kjell-Åke Andersson

 


Darlene Love – Inducted in 2011

A 'View' tradition: Darlene Love performs 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' | The View

Love joined "The View" for the third Christmas season to perform her hit.

Claudette Rogers Robinson - Inducted in 2012 with The Miracles

The Miracles w/Claudette Robinson on lead - The Wah Watusi (1963)

In the early days of The Miracles, Claudette actually did more than a few leads; this is one of them, cover of The Orlons huge hit; from the 1963 album "The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey".


Laura Nyro - Inducted in 2012

Laura Nyro - Wedding Bell Blues / Poverty Train - Monterey 1967(live)

Monterey Festival,June 16 to June 18, 1967, Monterey County Fairgrounds, California.


Ann & Nancy Wilson – Inducted in 2013 with Heart

Heart - Barracuda (Live)

Heart Live At The Royal Albert Hall - released 25th November 2016. DVD - http://smarturl.it/HEARTRAHDVD Blu Ray - http://smarturl.it/HEARTRAHBR CD - http://smarturl.it/HEARTRAHCD In a career spanning over 40 years it seems inconceivable that they have never performed at London's most famous venue The Royal Albert Hall.


Donna Summer – Inducted in 2013

Donna Summer - Last Dance

Live at Nobel Peace Prize Concert - December 11, 2009 (another perspective)


Linda Ronstadt – Inducted in 2014

Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good

Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good


Joan Jett – Inducted in 2015 with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Hate Myself for Loving You (Video)

Joan Jett's official music video for 'I Hate Myself For Loving You'. Click to listen to Joan Jett on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/JJettSpot?IQid=JJettHM As featured on Up Your Alley.

 


Joan Baez – Inducted in 2017

Joan Baez - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

one of the best-loved songs ever recorded about the Civil War: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by The Band. The song was first recorded in 1969, and was later covered and/or performed by Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, the Black Crowes, Bruce Hornsby, and the Allman Brothers Band, among others...


Nina Simone – Inducted in 2018

Ain't Got No, I Got Life - Nina Simone

Nina Simone playing live in London, 1968. DrMandinga

 


Janet Jackson – Inducted in 2019

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation

Best of JanetJackson: https://goo.gl/Q66LLF Subscribe here: https://goo.gl/znZzEg Music video by Janet Jackson performing Rhythm Nation. (C) 1989 A&M Records

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.