(from 2008 on WTIT: The Blog) WTIT Tape Radio Blog brings you today our
feature called A DJ’s Take and another one of our "Best of" lists. Today we
bring you our Top 10 Female R&B Singers of all time. Today, we will share. We
will give you the artist and a bit of their bio. Let’s cue up today's A DJ's Take!
10. Donna Summer was born on New Year’s Eve 1948. Her biggest hits were
released in the 1970’s. She became one of the premiere female disco singers,
but in our opinion she would have succeeded in any era. “Love to Love You
Baby”, “Bad Girls” and “Last Dance” are some of her huge hits.
9. Gloria Gaynor was born September 7, 1949. She is another of the disco
queens of the 1970’s. Her biggest hit was “I Will Survive” and to this day rings
true to a lot of folks. “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Let Me Know (I Have a
Right)” are another couple of big songs for Gloria.
8. Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970 in New York City. Her biggest hits
include “Always Be My Baby”, “We Belong Together” and “Fantasy”. She
popped on the national scene and has almost every conceivable award since.
She is currently still a huge force in music.
7. Janet Jackson was born May 16, 1966. Her brothers were already superstars
by the time Janet released her first album in 1982. It wasn’t until she hooked up
with two of the men behind “Prince” (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) that she
became a star. She released the album “Control” in 1986, which yielded five hit
songs, videos choreographed by Paula Abdul. Her first nominations and awards
came from “Control”. Janet still sells music to this day. But who will ever forget
that Superbowl "Wardrobe Malfunction"?
6. Patti Labelle was born May 24, 1944 as Patricia Holt. She was the driving
force to Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles in the 1960’s. When the Supremes
needed a replacement for Florence Ballard they grabbed Cindy Birdsong from
the Bluebelles. Patti and Cindy did not talk for eighteen years because of that.
Their biggest hit was “Lady Marmalade” in the 1970’s.
5. Whitney Houston was born August 9, 1963. Considering the magnitude of her
talent it will always be her rocky on and off relationship with husband Bobby
Brown and drug problems that immediately come to mind at the mention of her
name. Her self titled album in 1985 yielded five hit singles. Her last big album
was released in 2002. At one point in the 80’s she had seven number one hits in
a row breaking a record shared by The Beatles and the Bee Gees.
4. Martha Reeves was born July 18, 1941. She and her two friends were back-
up singers to Marvin Gaye in the early 60’s. When Mary Wells didn’t show to
record a song, they had Marvin’s back-up singers try it. It became the first hit
from Martha Reeves and the Vendellas. Some others include “Dancing in the
Street”, “(Love is Like a) Heat Wave” and “Nowhere to Run”.
3. Tina Turner started with husband Ike and had some huge hits with him.
“Proud Mary” was the biggest of the era. It was an abusive relationship she later
made a movie about that included some of her biggest hits of the 1980’s titled
“What’s Love Got to Do with It”. Her Mad Max and the Thunderdome soundtrack
was very successful as well. Tina was born on November 26, 1939. Her “Private
Dancer” album was a huge 80’s work as well. Her first greatest hits album was
titled “Simply the Best”.
2. Diana Ross was as good as a Motown ladies group leader got. Mary Wilson
and Florence Ballard and she started the Supremes. Mary Wilson was lead
singer until a record contract was at stake. Berry Gordy moved Diana to the
lead spot. Mary Wilson would write in her book it was because of Diana and
Berry’s personal relationship. However since they broke up in 1970, how many
big Mary Wilson hits have there been? The Supremes had hits like “Where Did
Our Love Go”, “Baby Love” Come See About Me” and on it goes. Diana’s solo
career has been big as well. “Touch Me in the Morning”, Theme from Mahogany
(Do You Know Where You’re Going To) and “Love Hangover” are some of her
solo hits. She played Billie Holiday in “Lady Sings the Blues” and Dorothy in
“The Wiz”. Diana was born on March 26, 1944.
1. Aretha was born “The Queen of Soul” on March 25, 1942. No one has ever
been a bigger soul artist. She has recorded twenty number one R&B singles.
Her biggest and signature song is “Respect”. Other hits included “Chain of
Fools”, “Baby I Love You” and “(You Make Me feel Like) A Natural Woman.
Steely Day in “Hey Nineteen” complained that a young lady did not know who
“The Queen of Soul” was. And I never bought it. I bet even today, all these
years later, a nineteen year old knows Aretha. OR perhaps they just don’t like