Welcome to the Great American Music series. If you have missed Part I or Part II, I have linked them in so that you can
enjoy those, as well. In this, Part III, we are taking a closer look at the
role women has played in music.
Since coming onto the scene, women have delivered spunk, spit, fire, love,
spirit, and inspiration tenfold. In the early days of music, especially in
America, women were hardly allowed to be on the radio. Even after free speech,
and even after voting rights, and well past civil rights, there were precious
few women who were able to convince the owners of radio stations and recording
studios to let them be heard. Loretta Lynn, Tammy
Wynette, and Tanya Tucker stormed the stage, ushering in a voice that
refused to be silenced. You will notice in Loretta Lynn's video that she did
not get to choose what she sang when it was recorded, nor was she allowed to
choose what she wore that day.
Music is an incredible source of empowerment for the oppressed. As the years
passed, women turned the tables on society. Gone were the meek, meager ladies
of the past who bowed their heads in submission at their husbands' will. We
were no longer so tolerant of liars, cheaters, and we were especially intolerant
of domestic violence. We had a new understanding of what it meant to have a
lethal tongue, and we used it.
Misbehavin' (Please understand. I don't give a damn.)
Bad Reputation (The world's in trouble.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Pick up the phone. I'm always
Wake-up Call (Good morning.)
Out for Blood (Waiting for a street fight.....)
Part of Me (So you can keep the diamond ring. It don't mean
Sin Wagon (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.)
Earl had to Die (She put on dark glasses, long
sleeved-blouses, and makeup to cover her bruise.)
Gunpowder & Lead (He ain't seen me crazy yet.)
Tornado (Looking for a man to break.)
Before He Cheats (Right now.)
It has truly been an amazing journey, these past few decades. We have
evolved beyond the wildest of dreams, and are always reaching for the next