1960’s Female Artists/Hits

On this stormy Sunday afternoon I got to thinking a bit about today’s music. If you haven’t noticed, the majority of the female artists hits out now are empowerment songs. I absolutely love it because for the younger generation coming up in today’s world it’s extremely important for girls to know that they can do anything they want when they’re ready.

This brought me to digging a little into many years ago to see what type of women empowerment music was out there for my Mom or my Aunts. Well, I had a very hard time finding anything in the 40’s or the 50’s. The majority of the female artists back then sang about love which is dreamy and I love, LOVE. But, there was also quite a few hits of men doing the women wrong or whatever. So, I’m skipping the forties and the fifties and jumping ahead to the sixties. I think I’ll start doing this segment every Sunday. 🙂

The sixties….there were the headbands, bell bottoms, Jackie Kennedy versus the Brigitte Bardot wannabe’s…plaid, go go boots and mini skirts were in and oh so hip. Ladies were wearing the gigantic beehives way before Adele was even thought about. The cat eye was perfected and the headscarves were tightened and matched accordingly to whatever pattern your dress was. The palest shades of pink lipstick were smoothed over their lips and the clip on earrings were dangling. Their style was impeccable if you ask me.

In my opinion this is when women began to speak their mind and shook up the music scene a little. They kicked the gravel out of the way and started vocalizing their feelings and wanted to be heard….. Enjoy!

My gosh, what would we do without this power house? She brought it and served it up….the best of the best, Aretha Franklin. I love her little dance on the sidewalk, sassy!

Sigh….Lesley Gore…she could probably sing Trump’s RNC speech and it would sound good. Ha! Strong message here in her song “You Don’t Own Me”.

Legs? What Legs? One of my very favorites! Love the dancing and the outfits, fabulous song!






  1. Tony Burgess · August 7, 2016

    I am glad empowerment songs are there for women. I wish they weren’t necessary because of sexism that exists today. Women deserve better. Great post BTW.

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  2. socialbridge · August 7, 2016

    Really enjoyed this post. Hope the series happens.

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  3. Meg Sorick · August 7, 2016

    This will be an awesome series! Love it!

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  4. Robert Matthew Goldstein · August 7, 2016

    This is the beginning of the second wave of feminism.

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  5. Robert Matthew Goldstein · August 7, 2016

    Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    The politics of 60’s pop. Great read!

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  6. T. Wayne · August 8, 2016

    If this is going to become a series, it’s gotten off to a fantastic start. Love that you put “Respect” as one of your choices—a case where Aretha takes a song done by a man and makes it so much more powerful when she does it.

    Great job, Lennon!

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    • Lennon Carlyle · August 8, 2016

      What? A dude did Respect first? Wow…..And this is why you’re the Godfather of grooves! Thank you for reading 😉

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      • T. Wayne · August 8, 2016

        Sure did! Otis Redding wrote and recorded “Respect” first. When he heard Aretha’s version he reportedly said, “that girl just stole my song!”

        My pleasure, Lennon! Can’t wait to see more 😊

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  7. Lex Jones · August 8, 2016

    Love this! Keep it going! I’d love to guest on this series. I worked in oldies radio and these are great choices!!! Great job, Beauty❤️

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  8. Woebegone but Hopeful · August 8, 2016

    Go for it Lennon! This was the era I was ‘teenaging’ in and music was most of my life! These were classic song. Of course Aretha has to be there, what more can I add. Lesly Gore was 17/18 when she sang that anthem. And Nancy?…I had a crushed on Nancy and doesn’t she just look the lady who is taking no nonsense from any man.
    Keep up the good work.

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    • Lennon Carlyle · August 8, 2016

      Thanks Roger! I love sixties music or any music for that matter. Appreciate your reading and commenting!

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      • Woebegone but Hopeful · August 8, 2016

        I’ll be looking forward to your selection Lennon, by 1966 I was thoroughly hooked on music from the US!

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  9. Aishwarya · August 9, 2016

    I love love loved this post! I haven’t heard much of the kind of music you are talking about…but exploring that era with you through your blog will be wonderful! Shall look forward to more suggestions as your posts come by. Cheers!


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