Brilliant tribute to the trail-blazing female singers of the mid sixties to late seventies. Powerful and soulful vocals with fantastic harmonies backed up by a groovy band.
‘These Boot are Made for Walkin’- after Nancy Sinatra’s iconic song from 1966 - is a dynamic show celebrating the fabulous tunes from this era of revolution – Women’s musical liberation. If you love powerful songs from the late sixties and seventies, with big soulful female vocals and harmonies, then this is an experience not to be missed!
The girl group phenomenon of the early 1960s was a product of a predominantly male music-business, which fitted artists into traditional stereotypes. It perpetuated an image of young infatuation, with boys typically doing as they pleased, and their long-suffering girlfriends continually prepared to forgive them in the name of love. Almost every song of the era written for female voices was lyrically subservient… Doe-eyed young women singing about their hopeless devotion to their handsome, straying men.
Then things began to change; The British Invasion of music in America was in full swing, but in 1964 a prim-looking teenager from New York, appeared on American TV alongside predominantly male acts from the ‘rock n roll’ hall of fame: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. During her set, she stepped up to the mic and began to sing her latest hit single, “Maybe I Know.” The lyrics of this bubbly pop song suggested that the singer knew her boyfriend had been unfaithful, “But what can I do?” she crooned. Then, suddenly there was a shift in gear and Gore began to sing another song… “You don’t own me, I’m not just one of your many toys.” She lifted her gaze to the ceiling and seemingly gave a satisfied smile as she belt-out this feminist anthem, “Don’t tell me what to do… Don’t tell me what to say”. Her name was Lesley Gore.
And so began the first wave of bold young women, who knew that music belonged to them. This declaration of independence opened the door for others to find their voices in a time of social change. A man still loved a woman, and a woman still loved a man, but sisters were doing it for themselves. Women began to sing about making the same choices, mistakes, and regrets as their male counterparts. It led to a decade, and more, of gutsy women with soulful voices, challenging pre-conceived ideas, and rocking the charts with heart and soul.
Cover of the 60s song by Nancy Sinatra.
Cover of the 70s song by Carole King
Cover of 'You're So Vain' by Carly Simon - live recording whilst in rehearsal