Women of Classic Rock in Honor of International Women’s Day
Today is International Women's Day where the entire world celebrates women. So I figured I would pay tribute to the women of classic rock.
When I was really young, I'm talking seven or eight, my sister Jeanine had a couple of albums from Linda Ronstadt. I remember the album cover of her in a school hallway wearing roller skates and I thought she was hot. So I would borrow my sister's album and listen to them. She also had Heart and Fleetwood Mac albums as well. I would borrow them and take them into my room and listen to them on my record player. They were the first female rockers I was exposed to. (That doesn't sound right)
Years later, I remember being in my brother-in-law John's car in 1980. He was taking me to a high school basketball game. He had Pat Benatar's 'Crimes of Passion in' in the cassette player and it was love at first listen. I remember going out and buying that album and Pat's first album 'In the Heat of the Night' as soon as I scraped up enough money. I was in love with Pat Benatar. I thought for sure when I grew up, I would marry her. Pat went on to marry her guitar player Neil Giraldo and it broke my heart. Still to this day she is my all-time favorite female rocker. I thought her first four albums were awesome. Below are my top five favorite women of classic rock. Notable mentions that did not make the list that I have respect for include; Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders and Debbie Harry from Blondie.
Pat is still my favorite female rocker.
I still remember hearing Joan's version of 'I Love Rock n Roll' when it first came out. We played it all the time on the jukebox at the Pizza place in our neighborhood.
I remember being in my sister's room listening to Magic Man, Barracuda, and Crazy On You, and thinking these women rock!
Stevie has that unique unmistakeable voice that I enjoyed from the very first time I heard her on a Fleetwood Mac album. I did have to laugh though when the TV show 'South Park' had her as a goat.
Janis was awesome. That raspy voice was incredible. She died way too young. I can't help but think how many more great songs we would have from her if she was still alive.
Lizzy broke on to the rock scene in 2009, so not really "Classic Rock" so she didn't make the list. But, I had to give her an honorable mention because she is an incredible singer, a great guitarist, and I had a chance to hang out with her and her band Halestorm a few times, and she is an awesome person. Not to mention she is 'very' easy on the eyes. If you've never heard of them, check them out.