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cartermagazine: “March 26, 2015 Today In History ‘Diana Ross, actress, legendary solo singer, and lead singer for the Supremes, was born in Detroit, MI, on this date March 26, 1944. In 1993, the Guinness Book of Records awarded her its Lifetime...

Peggy "Lady Bo" Jones, one of the 1st female lead guitarists in Rock n' Roll. She is most notable for her work in Bo Diddley's backing band, for which she earned the affectionate - and appropriate - nickname Lady Bo. However, her musical resume is much longer, boasting stints as a doo wop singer and an R+B/soul bandleader. She began her career as a professional dancer.

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Top 20 Best Female Singers of All Time

January 9-10 2016 A fantastic celebration of the great divas of soul, R&B, jazz, opera, and gospel will raise the roof at Music Hall. Experience some of the most popular songs and arias made famous by the likes of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson and more. Pops favorite Capathia Jenkins and friends will put in an inspiring display of vocal fireworks. "Spck it to me!"

Pointer Sisters - four sister from Oakland who had a steady diet of gospel in the home. Exposure to, and love of, secular music occurred when visiting friends. Once they were of age, they became backup singers and ultimately landed a record contract in 1973. Their initial hits were penned by Allan Toussaint, but then they branched out into various genres, seemingly having success with each. In all, they placed 15 Top 40 singles in as many years. They're best known for "I'm So Excited" and…

Ms. Patti LaBelle aka Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards was born May 24, 1944. Ms. Patti is a Grammy Award-winning American singer, author, and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle in the early 1970s and released the iconic disco song, "Lady Marmalade."

Lauryn Hill - the only female rapper/singer I actually enjoy listening to. No longer in the game, her style left a mark that no one can erase. I'm still jamming to her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album and her live album from MTV Unplugged. New Hip Hop Beats Uploaded EVERY SINGLE DAY http://www.kidDyno.com

By the time Gladys Knight and the Pips were signed to Motown, the young woman was a seasoned music business veteran, having toured as a teenager in the late '50s with such R&B stars as Little Willie John and Sam Cooke. (The Detroit News archives)