By: Concert Vault
Martha Reeves, Lesley Gore, Mary Wells, Shirley Alston Reeves, Freda Payne, Brenda Lee, Ronnie Spector - vocals
Grace Slick, Belinda Carlisle - MC, vocals
Jimmy Vivino - guitar, musical director
Clarence Clemons - sax
Additional musicians - unknown
In 1987, a series of concerts were staged, filmed and recorded showcasing legendary artists of various genres, from vintage rock n’ roll to reggae. These productions were later aired as specials on HBO and portions broadcast on The King Biscuit Flower Hour. One of the more interesting concerts in this series focused on popular female vocalists of the early 1960s and was billed as "The Legendary Ladies of Rock N' Roll.” Presented at New York City’s Latin Quarter on February 19, 1987, and featuring a backing band led by guitarist Jimmy Vivino that also boasted Bruce Springsteen saxman, Clarence Clemons, this event presented back-to-back performances by a very impressive roster of talent.
From Girl Group leaders to Motown powerhouses this night recalled the multi-artist tours of the early 1960s, with each artist belting out their biggest hits in rapid succession, but with much higher production values. Co-hosted by Grace Slick and Belinda Carlisle, both of whom join in the fun, this night was a fast paced celebration of the women who helped shape not only rock n’ roll but also many genres of popular music.