Music 101: unsung women in modern music


This week, Music 101 highlights women whose contributions have created the building blocks of music today.

The episode begins back in the early 20th century with the blues of Bessie Smith and the gospel-influenced music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (whom you voted into our recent countdown of the Top 1055 Colorado Sound Songs).

The episode turns to one of the most recorded bass players in modern music history, Carol Kaye, takes a look at rock group the Runaways, and and even showcases a pioneer in electronic music, Delia Derbyshire.



Artists and songs in this week’s Music 101 episode:

  • Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues”
  • Bessie Smith “Down Hearted Blues”
  • Memphis Minnie “Killer Diller Blues”
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Strange Things Happening Every day”
  • Carol Kaye “Boogaloo”
  • Goldie & The Gingerbreads “Please Please”
  • Fanny “Charity Ball”
  • Suzi Quatro “Devil Gate Drive”
  • The Runaways “American Nights”
  • Delia Derbyshire “Tardis-Doctor Who”
  • Laurie Anderson “From The Air”
  • The Slits “Heard It Through The Grapevine”



In each episode of Music 101, your host Margot highlights a different chapter in music history, bringing you songs you love and the stories behind them.

Listen to Music 101 on the Colorado Sound every Sunday at 10am MT, with the same episode repeated Wednesday at 8pm MT.

You can also hear recent episodes on our Music 101 show page