Female Beach Music Pioneers

FEMALE BEACH MUSIC PIONEERS: We’re not talkin blues queens Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters or Billie Holliday. Or sultry lovelies like Julie London, Patti Page and Lena Horne. Not talkin busty, belt from the shoe-tops Sophie Tucker, Kate Smith, Kay Starr or Mahalia Jackson. Not even talkin cool classy jazzy Ella, Sarah Vaughn or Nina Simone. We’re talkin ballsy gals who epitomized the sound and sang with a driving beat. Here’s somma the early gals who just a few years after we gave females the right to vote, left mama and hit the rutty road to live the all-male life of one-nighters in saloons, smokey clubs, and hard-swillin juke joints. Georgia White, Ella Mae Morse, Ella Johnson, Dinah Washington, Little Esther, Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Etta James & Big Mama Thornton.