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FAMOUS FEMALE MUSICIANS

BASS PLAYERS     DRUMMERS/PERCUSSIONISTS     FLUTE PLAYERS     GUITAR PLAYERS HORN PLAYERS     KEYBOARD PLAYERS     STRINGS     ALL FEMALE BANDS or FEMALE MUSICIAN FRONTED     BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THEY COULD PLAY

There are some highly-gifted female musicians who have made a mark in music history.  However, some of them are unrecognized.  Here, you'll find profiles and information on famous female musicians from the past and present as well as those who may be a bit less well-known, even with their major accomplishments.

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Famous Female Bass Players

Carol Kaye
Caithlin De Marrais
D'Arcy Wretzky
Debra Killings
Divinity Roxx
Esperanza Spalding
Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie)
Janice Marie Johnson
Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde)
Joyce "Fenderella" Irby
Julie Slick (Adrian Belew Power Trio)
Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go's)
Kim Deal
Kim Gordon
Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins)
Me'Shell NdegeOcello
Micki (Michael) Steele (The Bangles)
Rhonda Smith
Sara Lee (Indigo Girls, B-52s, League of Gentlemen)
Suzi Quatro
Tal Wilkenfeld
Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads)

Famous Female Drummers/Percussionists

Bernadette Cooper

Cindy Blackman
Cora Coleman-Dunham
Dame Evelyn Glennie
Debbi Peterson (The Bangles)
Gina Schock (The Go-Go's)
Karen Carpenter
Maureen "Moe" Tucker (The Velvet Underground)
Meg White
Sandy West (The Runaways)
Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue)
Sheila "E" Escovedo
Terri Lyne Carrington
Yvette Preyer

Famous Female Flute Players

Bobbi Humphrey


Famous Female Guitar Players

Aimee Mann
Barbara Lynn
Bonnie Raitt
Brody Dalle (The Distillers; currently fronts Spinnerette)
Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney, co-developer/co-star of Portlandia)
Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's)
Charro
Cheryl Cooley
Cordell Jackson
Courtney Love
Chrissie Hynde
Dolly Parton
Gillian Welch
Hazel Payne
Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's)
Jennifer Batten
Jessie Mae Hemphill
Jewel
Joan Armatrading
Joan Baez
Joan Jett (The Runaways, The Blackharts)
Joni Mitchell
Katy Perry
Leni Stern
Liona Boyd
Lita Ford (The Runaways)
Loretta Lynn
Lucinda Williams
Mother Maybelle Carter
Melissa Etheridge
Nancy Wilson (Heart)
Neko Case
Orianthi Panagaris (Michael Jackson)
Peggy "Ladie Bo" Jones
Phoebe Snow
Rory Block
Sheryl Crow
Susan Tedeschi
Tanya Donnelly
Taylor Swift
Tina Marie
Tracy Chapman
Vicki Randle

Famous Female Horn Players

Candy Dulfer
Clora Bryant
Cynthia Robinson
Jessy J.
Lisa Simpson
Valaida Snow
Vi Redd

Famous Female Keyboard/Piano Players
 
Alicia Keys
Amy Lee
Angela Winbush
Aretha Franklin
Barbara Dennerlein
Carly Simon
Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Gos)
Diana Krall
Dorothy Donegan
Emily Haines (Metric)
Fiona Apple
Kate Bush
Lady Gaga
Laura Nyro
Lil Hardin
Nina Simone
Norah Jones
Patrice Rushen
Rachelle Farrell
Regina Spektor
Rhoda Scott
Roberta Flack
Tori Amos
Vanessa Carlton

Famous Female Violinists

Caitlin Cary
Emilie Autumn
Marion Hayden (bass violin and cello)
Nicola Benedetti
Regina Carter
Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn

All Female Bands or Bands Fronted By Female Musicians

A Taste of Honey
Artep
Babes in Toyland
Bikini Kill
Blazing Redheads
Bjork
Blondie
Dixie Chicks
Erase Errata
Fanny
Girlschool
Heart
Hole
Kittie
Klymaxx
L7
Le Tigre
Luscious Jackson
P.J. Harvey
Pretenders
Sleater-Kinney
Spinnerette
The 5 6 7 8's
The Bangles
The Donnas
The Go-Gos
The Indigo Girls
The Runaways
The Sahara Hotnights
Veruca Salt

Bet You Didn't Know They Could Play!

Chaka Khan – Vocals and Drums
Etta James - Guitar
Rosie O'Donnell - Drums



















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