Soul Sisters

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The Supremes 

Originally The Primettes, who became the well-known Supremes in 1961 released  “Baby Love” in September 1964 and reached #1 Pop, R&B, and in the U.K. 

The Supremes with “Baby Love” became the first all-girl group to reach number one in England. 

The most commercially successful of Motown’s acts and America’s most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul 

In 1967, the album I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) was released, and the first song on the album, “Respect” an empowered cover of an Otis Redding track reached No. 1 on both the R&B and pop charts and won Franklin her first two Grammy Awards. 

Etta James 

In 2003, Etta James released Let’s Roll, which won the Grammy Award for the best contemporary blues album. 

Both her sons, Donto and Sametto James, served as producers on the track, along with Josh Sklair. This team regrouped for her next release, Blues to the Bone in 2004, which brought James her third Grammy Award. This time for the best traditional blues album.

Ella Fitzgerald 

Ella Fitzgerald, photographed in 1940.

At the very first Grammy Awards in 1958, Fitzgerald picked up her first two Grammys, and made history as the first African-American woman to win the award for best individual jazz performance and best female vocal performance.

Nina Simone 

By the mid-1960s, Simone became known as the voice of the Civil Rights Movement. She wrote “Mississippi Goddam” in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls.

These Women In Soul have paved the way for many current musicians and will still resonate in future generations to come. 

On the 31st of August, we will be celebrating the sounds of these women and many more with our Bank Holiday All Dayer!