In today’s post I cover the female singers of the 70s. There were some amazing female singers and songs that we all loved. Some of the ladies were in bands of course, read on to see if your favourite is listed.
Female Singers Of The 70s A-B
Abba had 2 female singers, read all about Abba here.
Althea + Donna had a number 1 in December 1977 with Uptown Top Ranking.
Baccara also had a number 1 with Yes Sir I Can Boogie in September 1977 they also got to number 8 in 1978 with Sorry I’m A Lady which peaked at number 8.
Joan Baez had a hit with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down in October 1971 reaching number 6.
Shirley Bassey was still banging out the hits in the 70s. Her biggest in this decade were Something in 1970 which reached number 4, For All We Know was a re-entry at number 6 in 1971, Never Never Never got to number 8 in 1973.
La Belle Epoque a French duo got to number 2 with a re-entry in 1977 with Black Is Black.
Talking about Black, Cilla got to number 3 in 1971 Something Tells Me (Something Is Gonna Happen Tonight)
Blondie with lead singer Debbie Harry as singer of course had 8 songs in the top 20 in 1978 and 1979. They were Denis (2), (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear (10), Picture This (12), Hanging On The Telephone (5), Heart Of Glass (1), Sunday Girl (1), Dreaming (2) and Union City Blue (13). Read more about Blondie in my post here.
Bob and Marcia a Jamaican male/female duo had 2 hits in the 70s. Young Gifted And Black (5) in 1970 and Pied Piper (11) in 1971.
Boney M had 10 top 20 hits during the 70s. Their first hit was Daddy Cool (6) in 1976 followed by Sunny (3), Ma Baker (2) and Belfast (8) in 1977. Further hits in 1978 were Rivers Of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring (1), Rasputin (2) and Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord (1). They had 3 more hits in 1979, Painter Man (10), Hooray Hooray It’s a Holi-Holiday (3), Gotta Go Home/El Lute (12). Pretty successful I would say.
Elkie Brooks had 4 songs in the top 20 in the 70s. Pearls’s A Singer (8), Sunshine After The Rain (10), Lilac Wine (16), Don’t Cry Out Loud (12) in 1978.
Brotherhood Of Man were and still are a male/female group. They still appear at the 70s themed weekends at butlins here in the UK. they had a hit in 1970 with United We Stand (10) but their next hit was in 1976 when they won the eurovision song contest with Save Your Kisses For Me which reached number1. Oh Boy (The Mood I’m In) got to number 8 in 1977 before having another chart topper with Angelo later that year. They followed this up with another number 1 with Figaro in 1978 before having their final top 20 hit of the decade with Beautiful Lover that peaked at number 15 also in 1978.
Kate Bush had 4 hits in the late 70s. Wuthering Heights (1), Man With The Child In His Eyes (6), Wow (14) Kate Bush On Stage EP (10).
Female Singers Of The 70s – C
Carpenters where a brother/sister duo from the US they enjoyed huge success in the 1970s with 9 songs making it into the top 20 in the UK. These are (They Long To Be) Close To You (6) in 1970, Superstar/For All We Know (18) in 1971, I Won’t Last A Day Without You/Goodbye To Love (9) in 1972, Yesterday Once More (2) and Top Of The World (5) in 1973, Jambalaya (On The Bayou)/ Mr. Guder (12) in 1974, Please Mr. Postman (2) and Only Yesterday (7) in 1975 and finally Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognised Anthem Of World Contact Day) which reached number 9 in 1977.
Raffaella Carra had one hit in 1978 with Do It Do It Again which reached number 9
The Chanter Sisters had a minor hit called Side Show which reached number 43 in 1976. I know it is not the top 20 but I love this song so please indulge me. It is an excuse to add the video, if you haven’t heard it before wait until the blonde lady sings, I don’t know if she is Irene or Doreen Chanter but what a voice. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Tina Charles had 3 top 20 hits in 1976 with I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves To Dance) which hit the top spot, Dance Little Lady Dance (6) and Dr. Love (4).
Cher had Gypsy Tramps And Thieves in the charts at number 4 in 1971.
Chic were a male/female group who had 6 top 20 songs between 1977 and 1979. Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah) (6) in1977, Everybody Dance (9) and Le Freak (7) in 1978, I Want Your Love (4), Good Times (5) and My Forbidden Lover (15) were their hits in 1979.
Clout, who were a female group from South Africa had 1 hit in 1978 with Substitute which peaked at number 2.
Judy Collins had a couple of hits with Amazing Grace That reached number 5 in 1970 and Send In The Clowns got to number 6 in 1975.
Julie Covington had a couple of hits with Don’t Cry For Me Argentina in 1976 which went to number 1 and Only Women Bleed (12) in 1977. She also had a number 10 hit in 1977 with Rula Lenska, Charlotte Cornwell and Sue Jones-Davies with a song called O.K. They all starred in a TV show named Rock Follies about an all female group called Little Ladies.
Female Singers Of The 70s – D
Dana won the eurovision contest in 1970 with All Kind Of Everything which also topped the charts in the UK. She also had hits with Who Put The Lights Out (14) in 1971, Please Tell Him I Said Hello (8) and It’s Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas (4) in 1975 and finally Fairytale (13) in 1976.
Lynsey De Paul Had 5 top 20 hits during the 70s. Sugar Me (5) and Getting A Drag (18) in 1972 followed by Won’t Somebody Dance With Me (14) in 1973, No Honestly (7) in 1974 and finally Rock Bottom (19) in 1977.
Stephanie De Sykes had 2 hits Born With A Smile On My Face got to number 2 in 1974 and We’ll Find Our Day (17) a year later.
Kiki Dee had her first hit in the 70s with Amoureuse (13) 1973 and I Got The Music In Me (19) in 1974. Her biggest hit though was her duet with Elton John in 1976 called Don’t Go Breaking My Heart which got to number 1. Loving And Free/Amoureuse (re-issue) reached number 13 in the same year.
Barbara Dickson had hits with Answer Me (9) in 1976 and Another Suitcase Another Hall (18) the following year.
Dollar had 4 songs in the charts in the late 70s and continued to have more in the 80s. Here are the 70s hits, Shooting Star (14) in 1978 and in 1979 Who Were You With In The Moonlight (14), Love’s Gotta Hold On Me (4) and I Wanna Hold Your Hand (9).
Dooleys had Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love With You at number 13 in 1977 followed by Love Of My Life (9) the same year. A Rose Has To Die (11) followed in 1978. They finished the decade with 2 hits, Wanted (3) and The Chosen Few (7) in 1979.
That’s it for the A-D of female singers of the 70s post. Call back as I will continue to go through the alphabet of the amazing women of the 70s in my next few posts.
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