Both Sides Now: Women in American Music


March 31st, 2004 ~ This week we focus on some of the great women in music. Jazz diva Anita O'Day talks about her rebound from years of drug abuse, and rockabilly shouter Wanda Jackson recounts her 50 years in the male dominated music business. We'll also pay a visit to soul queen Betty Wright, and listen to many other female voices that have helped shape the American musical soundscape.

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  • Open Bed: Play It Momma Mary Lou Williams
    Zoning, Smithsonian Folkways
  • I'm A Woman Peggy Lee
    The Best of Miss Peggy Lee, Capitol
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone
    The Very Best: Sugar In My Bowl, RCA
  • CLIP: Nina Simone on "Sugar In My Bowl"
  • Kitchen Man Bessie Smith
    The Essential, Sony
  • Me And My Chauffeur Blues Memphis Minnie
    R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: A Century Of Women In Music,
  • Pretty Polly Coon Creek Girls
    R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: A Century Of Women In Music,
  • Pretty Polly Kristin Hersh
    Murder, Misery & Goodnight, 4AD
  • Instrumental: Spark Catcher The Sadies
    Pure Diamond Gold, Bloodshot
  • INTERVIEW: Wanda Jackson
  • Reconsider Me Maggie Lewis w/Grace Tennessee & Her Guitar
    Lonesome Bluebird, Ace
  • Stand By Your Man Lyle Lovett
    And His Large Band, MCA
  • Instrumental: Froggy Bottom The Mary Lou Williams Trio
    Roll ‘Em, Solo Art
  • Boogie Misterioso Mary Lou Williams' Girl Stars
    Mary Lou Williams 1945-1947, Classics
  • Do Right Woman – Do Right Man Aretha Franklin
    Queen of Soul, Rhino
  • INTERVIEW: Betty Wright
  • Soul Shoutin' Shirley Scott w/husband Stanley Turrentine
    Soul Shoutin', Fantasy
  • I Ain't Gonna Let You In Paul Gayten & Annie Laurie
    Paul Gayten & Annie Laurie, Specialty
  • Open Bed: Digging Dyke The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
    Forty Years of Women In Jazz, Jass
  • Man Smart, Woman Smarter Gerald Clark & his Original Calypsos feat. Macbeth the Great
    Don't Stop the Carnival, Flapper
  • How Strong is a Woman Ann Peebles
    St. Louis Woman/ Memphis Soul, Hi
  • Sweet Georgia Brown International Sweethearts of Rhythm
    Forty Years Of Women In Jazz, Jass
  • That's All Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    Great Gospel Women Vol.2, Shanachie
  • It's a Mean Old man's World Dinah Washington
    Back to the Blues, Roulette
  • Instrumental: 9:20 Special Zoot Sims Quartet
    That Old Feeling, Chess
  • INTERVIEW: Anita O'Day
  • La Adivinanza Celia Cruz
    Son Con Guaguanco, Demon Music
  • Sin Querer Lydia Mendoza w/ Conjunto Narciso Martinez
    First Queen of Tejano Music, Arhoolie
  • Easy Come, Easy Go Rosie Ledet
    Sweet Brown Sugar, Maison de Soul
  • O Ma Cherie ‘Tite Fille Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy
    Evangeline Made, Vanguard
  • Instrumental: Beaumont Rag Alison Krauss and Union Station
    Two Highways, Rounder
  • Lulu Walls (that aggravating beauty) Carter Family
    In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, Bear Family
  • Mama's Opry Iris Dement
    Infamous Angel, Rounder
  • One's on the Way Loretta Lynn
    The Millennium Collection, MCA
  • Cold Cold Heart Norah Jones
    Come Away With Me, Blue Note
  • You Turn Me On I'm A Radio Joni Mitchell
    Hits, Geffen
  • End Bed: Respect The Ventures
    1,000,000 Weekend, One-Way