Both Sides Now: Women in American Music


May 7th, 2003 ~ This week we focus on some of the great women in music. The 83-year old 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
  • 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