...because we all have to get our start somewhere, right?
Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
Ohio-born Hynde moved to Europe in the mid 70's and joined several bands before she struck gold the The Pretenders. She sang in a band called The Frenchies, played guitar in a band called Masters of the Backside (later known as The Damned) (!!!), joined the Johnny Moped Band and right before the formation of The Pretenders, played guitar in The Moors Murderers.
Debbie Harry (Blondie)
I just found out she used to be a waitress at Dunkin' Donuts... this is my kinda gal. She also used to be a Playboy Bunny. In the 60's she sang in a folk pop band called Wind in the Willows - it took me YEARS to find a copy of their record! Click that link to hear them and see the cover, you'll see a pre-blond Deb! Right before Blondie formed, her and Chris (Stein) (Blondie's guitarist/Debbie's boyfriend), started a female-fronted group called The Stilettos. Debbie and Chris then formed BLONDIE. Thank goodness! Blondie's 2-CD compilation Platinum Collection has some amazing early Blondie songs that never made it to vinyl... such a shame because they are GREAT songs:
Before she became the most badass woman of ALL TIME, she played bass in a rad all-girl band in the 60's called The Pleasure Seekers with her sister Patti (who went on to form Fanny). Pssst! Check out the latest Ugly Things for a really interesting Pleasure Seekers article.
Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's)
Before she joined one of the most successful girl groups of all time, Charlotte played bass in LA punk band The Eyes. She sang on the song below... soooo rad...
Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
A few years before the Euythmics formed, Annie sang in a poppy new wave band called The Tourists. They released a few albums, but I don't think they had much mainstream success in America...
I consider Carole one of the greatest female songwriters of all-time. She recorded a few cute pop songs in the 60's before she really made it big as a solo artist in the 70's... I LOVE this song!!!
Before this gorgeous lady was singing duets with Marvin Gaye, she was known as Tammy Montgomery and singing alongside James Brown... no biggie. This track is hellaaaa rare on vinyl, but if you can find it: BUY IT. AND PLAY IT. A LOT.