Music Makes The People Come Together

Good news! Madonna will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in March, in her first year of eligibility. (25 years in the business is the minimum.) Former female inductees (or bands with female artists) include Patti Smith, Blondie, The Pretenders, The Ronettes, Bonnie Raitt, Dusty Springfield, The Staples Singers, Joni Mitchell, Mahalia Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Shirelles, Janis Joplin, Martha and the Vandellas, Etta James, Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington, Ike and Tina Turner, LaVern Baker, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Aretha Franklin. Please note than many of these women are soul, R&B or folk singers — pop or rock? Hard to come by. [Rolling Stone]