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Bay Area African American Women in Music: How Pittsburg Vocalist Leola...

  During their debut at the Sweet Chariot – a nightclub in Manhattan, allegedly run by the Mafia, that presented African American gospel music to...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Dorothy Morrison Still Performing...

Dorothy Morrison, whose spirit-filled contralto lead vocals sparked the 1969 hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, sat in a semicircle last...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Brenda Vaughn Brings Oakland...

Brenda Vaughn didn’t know quite what to expect when in the late ‘80s her friend, the late Oakland soul singer Jacquii Marshall, recommended her...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Vicki Randle Returns to...

Vicki Randle snarled over her throbbing electric bass lines and the bashing beats of the other three Skip the Needle women band members during...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Pebbles Turned to Religion...

By Lee Hildebrand “I’ve always been pretty determined,” San Francisco-born singer and songwriter Perri Arnette McKissick, known professionally as “Pebbles,” told England’s Blues &...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Ledisi Counts Stevie Wonder,...

Even before her rise to national fame began 11 years ago, Oakland soul singer Ledisi had formed a mutual admiration society of sorts with...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sista Monica Saw No...

The late vocalist Sista Monica Parker was blessed with an uncanny power to move people. She could bring audiences to tears, whether belting the...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Jacqueline Hairston

While singing Negro spirituals in elementary school in her native Charlotte, North Carolina, Jacqueline Hairston thought of those haunting melodies as play songs.   In high...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: ‘Music is in...

Veteran Bay Area vocalist Faye Carol doesn’t like being tagged a “jazz singer” or “blues singer,” although she sings both. “Music is in the...

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Tramaine Hawkins takes Gospel...

As a teenager growing up in Berkeley during the 1960s, Tramaine Hawkins, the daughter of Ronald and Lois “the Pie Queen” Davis, was well...
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