Category: women in rock

Patti Smith, 1971, my edit of original Andy Wa…

Patti Smith, 1971, my edit of original Andy Warhol Polaroid via interview.

Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, 1971, via Dr. Jo…

Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, 1971, via Dr. John’s Facebook page.

The Doctor guested on a couple of Aretha’s 1971 singles, notably playing percussion on “Rock Steady” (released in February; I wrote about that here), and playing keyboards on Aretha’s cover of “Spanish Harlem”, a July 1971 single that became the opening track of Aretha’s Greatest Hits, released that September. It

spent three weeks at #1 on the US soul charts and two weeks at #2 on the Pop chart on the way to selling over 1 million copies.

(btw, the b-side referenced here, “Lean On Me”, isn’t a cover of the song that Bill Withers hadn’t written yet, of course, but rather the 1970 Vivian Reed original, a fantastic track, one of Aretha’s most powerful performances – but no Dr. John means that I’ll save it for another day.)

Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, by Jim Marshall,…

Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, by Jim Marshall, via guitarplayer

Blondie: Debbie Harry in denim

Blondie: Debbie Harry in denim

Aretha Franklin, my edit of original by Hank P…

Aretha Franklin, my edit of original by Hank Parker via cbsnews

Debbie Harry, Blondie, New York City 1977, by …

Debbie Harry, Blondie, New York City 1977, by Waring Abbott

stevie-nicks-daily:

stevie-nicks-daily:

❝If I could come back as anything, I’d come back as Yorkshire terrier, owned by me.❞ 

Joni Mitchell barefoot in overalls!

Joni Mitchell barefoot in overalls!

John & Yoko pedaling around Greenwich Vill…

John & Yoko pedaling around Greenwich Village, 1972, by Ben Ross.

Suzi Quatro, Detroit 1974, by Bob Gruen

Suzi Quatro, Detroit 1974, by Bob Gruen