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Kate Bush

Today’s Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated by Rebecca Warren and written by Christie Brewster @spawnartisticdirections.  Kate Bush, classic and influential musical artist, is many things to many people. A sophisticated pop composer whose gift for melody, chords and arrangement ranks with the best of her contemporaries. Writer and performer of hits that still stand out on …

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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who sang blues-influenced rock. She is best known for her number one hit “Me and Bobby McGee” and was known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and the ”First Lady of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Joplin was born in 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joplin had a tough time as …

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. She is the most honoured female country performer of all time. Parton was born in 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. From a young age, she would sing in church and at the age of 7 she …

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Delia Derbyshire

Delia Derbyshire was an English musician and composer of electronic music. She is best known for her electronic realisation of the theme music for Doctor Who and her pioneering work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Derbyshire was born in 1937 in Coventry, England. Her intelligence became apparent at an early age, and by the age …

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Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedian, activist and voice artist. She had a distinctive singing style and is best known for her Christmas song “Santa Baby” and for playing Catwoman in the television series Batman. Kitt was born in 1927 near the town of North in South Carolina. Her …

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Etta James

Etta James was a Grammy Award-winning singer who bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in 1938 in Los Angeles, California to 14-year-old Dorothy Hawkins, her father is unknown. As a baby, James was put in the care of a series of foster parents including “Mama” …

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Missy Elliott

Missy “misdemeanor” Elliott is a Grammy Award-winning singer, rapper, songwriter and producer who has achieved great success while breaking boundaries in the male-dominated world of hip-hop. Missy Elliott was born Melissa Arnette Elliott in 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia. She was the only child of Patricia, a power-company dispatcher, and father Ronnie, a U.S. Marine. She …

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Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon is an American musician, songwriter, and visual artist. She is best known for being one of the founding members of Sonic Youth. Gordon was born in 1953, in Rochester, New York but grew up in Los Angeles, California. She attended a progressive elementary school that was attached to UCLA which focused on learning …