Janis Joplin joining Tina Turner onstage at Madison Square Garden, where Ike & Tina were opening for The Rolling Stones, by Amalie Rothschild
(Photographer originally misidentified as Harry Benson. I’m leaving Harry tagged in hopes of correcting the record: it was AMALIE ROTHSCHILD)
Joan Armatrading. Profound, tender, bluesy, folky, acoustic, electric. Wow. (And her guitar influenced the purchase of my musical weapon-of-choice, a black Ovation 12-string acoustic guitar.)
Valori Steele – Gimme Shelter
“What held us back more than anything was making the record, taking what we did onstage and getting people to embrace it on record,” Kennedy said. “The bureaucracy was harder on us than on the people who wanted to invest in the band. We had some good managers, but I don’t think they could see past the interracial element.”
When the integrated lineup of Sly and the Family Stone is mentioned, Kennedy points out that the San Francisco soulsters were primarily an R&B group, while Mother’s Finest reveled in its jagged edges, which was a harder sell to radio. Besides, she said, Sly’s West Coast roots offered “a somewhat different mentality” than the South in the ’70s.
But the band remained steadfast and today, Kennedy, who lives with Murdock in Stone Mountain, is reflective and grateful.
“The music business is a machine and sometimes if you don’t fit the machine, it makes your life hell,” she said. “But your spirit and fortitude, you have to rely on that. That’s why I’m excited about the induction because it says regardless of what happened during the journey, we weren’t overlooked. What we did had a focus, an effect.
“Destiny plays such a huge part in any artist’s career. Sometimes you’re not supposed to open the door. Sometimes you just have to create a path and let other people know it’s possible.”
Check out this playlist on @8tracks: Black Women In Rock playlist (blackwomeninrock.info) by jaleesa-l.
New songs added! This playlist is sourced from my own personal collection, so I can basically only add songs I’ve bought lol. Check it out!
Tameca Jones – The Wind Cries Mary (2015)
Tina Turner | One of the Living (1985, Capitol Records)
Tina performing at the Grand Gala Du Disque in Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 6, 1969
‘Hey now listen, I ain’t gonna take it one more night’
Tina Turner | What’s Love Got to Do With It (1984, Capitol Records)
#NowPlaying The Hunter: The Hunter by Ike & Tina Turner
Ike & Tina Turner performing Nutbush City Limits on Musikladen, May 12, 1973
Two of my favorites…Shea Rose and the legendary Joyce Kennedy. Rock on ladies!
Released on July 31st, 1960, A Fool In Love became Ike and Tina Turner’s first hit single reaching #2 R&B Chart and #27 Billboard Chart. After the initial rush of Rock N’ Roll from 1955-1959, the charts were pretty formulaic with the exception of artists like Tina and James Brown.
Tina Turner – Let’s Pretend We’re Married (Prince cover; live in Helsinki, 1985)
Bettye Lavette – I’m Not The One (Jools Annual Hootenanny 2013)
Where this bad ass lady basically tells everyone fuck you