Best Female Singers of the '60s

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41 Laura Nyro Laura Nyro

Once you've heard Laura Nyro sing her own songs (that made mega hits for many other singers/groups) or cover someone else's songs you will never be the same. You will wonder how such a talent could remain relatively unknown. She remains the most astonishing, passionate, creative, totally original vocal talent and singer/songwriter of all time. It's a shame so many people have never heard this American treasure's music. She may just change your life. For starters check out Eli and the 13th Confession. You'll be glad you did.

Must be in the Top Ten of All-Time -- not just the 60's. Todd Rundgren said Laura Nyro was "too soulful for radio" and that "the other groups that had success with her songs essentially turned down the soul." No other female singer by 1967 had her combination of vocal power, piano technique, songwriting, arranging, charisma, and creative control over her recordings. It was an era when female singers were expected to just stand at the mike, look pretty, and sing songs written by others.

Unbelievable talent! She plays her own keyboards and sings all the vocals. Four part harmonies with perfectly matched vibrato and expression. Listen to Poverty Train, her ode to cocaine addiction. Arguably her best work - which remains a hidden Jewel to this day.

Laura Nyro was incomparable in every way. While most everyone has heard Nyro's songs covered by hugely popular rock and pop singers and groups from the late sixties and early seventies, her own recordings are not well known beyond a large loyal cult following. Her highest charting single was her cover of the classic Gerry Goffin/Carole King song "Up On The Roof" which reached #40 on the U.S. Billboard Singles Chart and her highest charting LP was "New York Tendaberry" which reached #42 on the U.S. Billboard Album Chart. She was considered more of an underground artist which was much cooler in those days than the mainstream pop and rock artists who dominated Top 40 AM radio. Laura was way ahead of her time. She was brilliant.

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42 Ronnie Spector

Love to here her voice wish she would team up again!

PHIL Spector married her for her voice

I just love that voice and the rhythm and personality that she posses. She is truely one of a kind. I like most of the womans groups of the 60's and even Tina Turner and Artha Franklin but no one compares to Ronnie.

43 Mary Hopkin

Given an international platform by Paul McCartney, she had (still has! ) a voice a pure as honey.

She had the voice of an angel and looked like angel

When she sang it sounded like music made in heaven

Clear pure voice,perfect diction,a natural singing voice not forced.

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44 Sandie Shaw

Such a talent who has received little praise since she first appeared on the scene some 48 years ago. Well known now to have cowritten much of her own material along with her primary song writer Chris Andrews during the peak of her career in the 1960's. Something which few and far between of her rivals could ever be credited for back in the day. A beautiful lady with a beautiful voice to match. Girl Don't Come, Message Understood and Nothing Comes Easy for me are among her finest work.

Sandie was the greatest artiste that Britain ever produced and one of the very best in the world. She recorded in five different languishes and was the first Uk act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Brilliant just Brilliant.

I can't believe Sandie is not in the top 10. Very underrated in her own country but huge in Europe. America you don't know what you missed out on although I believe Sandie has a cult following over there now.

For those of you who didn't rate Sandie's voice listen to her versions of Irma Franklin's Right To Cry and Madelaine Bell's You Don't Love Me No More and then tell me she can't sing. So underrated.

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45 Clodagh Rodgers

Clodagh Rodgers possessed a powerhouse voice and with her emergence into the top of the charts in 1969 with excellent pop gems written by Kenny Young, she really should be better remembered. She constantly changed her image, both fashion-wise and musically, and after the hits had dried up, she was an accomplished cabaret and concert artist with arrangements to match. As well as these accomplishments, she was attractive with million dollar legs and a pretty good actress too!

Very good singer shame those day have gone.

Why has nobody remembered this excellent singer

46 Kathy Kirby

To me she was the best, Her voice was pitch Perfect and she sang with such emotion in her voice you only have to hear her version of The Way Of Love recorded in the Sixties it knocks Cher's version into a cocked hat, Where In The World is another classic and of Course Her upbeat rock ballad style of Secret Love is another classic, not only was she a Pop singer she sang the great standards of Cole Porter, George Gershwin Irving Berling, Jerome Kern she was the finest singer to come out of Britain, She was the Highest paid singer of her time, but her manager gambled most of her money away over five million pounds in the sixties and seventies leaving her destitute.Thank God a lot of songs her on You Tube and as now gained a new generation of fans.

As a young boy watching her on the 12inch black singing in the Billy Cotton Band Show at my nan's, is forever my favourite female singer. RIP Kathy.

Kathy Kirby had great looks and a terrific voice but she was stuck with very poor dated material that did her more harm than good.

Fantastic singer but as was said bogged down by terrible material and crap management.

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47 Merrilee Rush

She was a one hit wonder

48 Vera Lynn

The White Cliffs of Dover will forever shine as a Vera Lynn classic.

Vera Lynn... From the 30's and the 40's... voice off an angel

49 Evie Sands

Check out her original should have been hits: I Can't Let Go & Take Me for a Little While

Best under the radar female singer I've ever heard.

50 Wanda Jackson

A wild woman from the fifties, infact some might say crazy but she certainly made people stop and listen and could hold her own with the male singers of the day.

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51 Janis Ian

Not a lot of music from this talented singer, but what she produced was terrific.

I really like her voice she was very underrated I hope more people gey into her as an artist

At seventeen I learnt the truth

My music soul mate!

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52 Anita Baker Anita Baker Anita Denise Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which ...read more.

Anita Baker, patty Ella and more some of the best soul singers in history I love KARAOKA and I love to sing all old songs these singer will live forever in our heart most of the music of today suck lolol

53 Roberta Flack Roberta Flack

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face...a haunting song of cosmic proportions, and one I wish to perform one day!

No one can put a song across with more meaning than her.

Her voice is so haunting in a good way

51? Are u kidding me, this woman should be in the top 5?

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54 Beverly Bivens

As much as I love Linda Ronstadt, Bivens' was superior to all of the others on this list. She created the San Franscisco sound.

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55 Vikki Carr

MAGNIFICENT VOCALIST. SHE SANG ONE SONG: 'LET IT BE HIM' (or) 'DEAR GOD, LET IT BE HIM' LIKE NO OTHER HUMAN BEING ON PLANET EARTH. I BELIEVE SHE WAS OF Mexican LINEAGE BUT RESIDED IN SOUTHERN California. PLUS SHE WAS (HOPEFULLY STILL IS! ) ONE OF THE PRETTIEST WOMEN EVER TO GRACE A STAGE. HAVE NO CLUE IF SHE IS STILL ALIVE BUT WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO.
(Signed)
Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Los Angeles, San Diego, fans!

According to Dean Martin "the best girl singer in the business". How can such a great singer have been ignored?

56 Maggie Bell

Queen of the night

I grew up with Maggie bells music. great live Scottish singer

57 Cass Elliot

I hate Mama Cass so much. She was too fat and too round when she was with the Mamas and the Papas. Her so-called band mates felt that way.

A great singer. One of the very best. She did wonders for the Mamas and Papas. And she died too soon...

I hate Mama Cass so much. She was terrible and annoying

One ☝️ of the worst

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58 Michelle Phillips

Not on this list

Time magazine said she had the "purest soprano in popdom." Her voice combined with Cass Elliot made the Mamas & the Papas superstars. She also co-wrote "California Dreamin'."

I hate Michelle Phillips so much. She was mean and ugly. I’m very happy that jerk is dead.

59 Anne Murray Anne Murray Morna Anne Murray known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide.

Perfect pitch every time. A voice I never get tired of listening to.

Anne Murry has a wonderfully sweet sounding voice!

One of the best ever

One of Canada's great. Just love her voice.

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60 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

Cannot understand why she hasn't been mentioned previously. She was the greatest.

The Sweetest tone of any singer, she set the standard

One of the most beautiful voices on eath

No one could ever, and never will be able, to sing scat like Ella!

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