I am surprised Joan Baez is the first white female to make the list. I have never heard of her music, but I am not into folk music. I was excited for the 60s to arrive, but Baez’s self-titled album made me regret it.
She is not horrible if you like female chipmunks singing. Or a screeching owl who is being hunted by a pack of hungry wolves. Each wolf has a limb and they are puling her apart, but not enough to shut her long, worldly whinny voice down. I guess that is an accurate description of most female folk singers. I can see her singing at a fair where a bunch of weirdos are dressed up like it is 1360 and they are jousting on fake horses as if they are in a Monty Python film.
If this is what started off the 60s it is no wonder Vietnam and Cuban Missile Crisis happened. I imagine Japanese people committing harakiri to escape the sound of Baez’s voice.
One final thought, Baez is also listed as a singer, musician, activist, and a songwriter, but she rarely wrote anything that she sings. Most of her songs are interpretation of other artist’s songs. I think they give anyone the title songwriter. This album is at the top of my worst albums ever list.