The Rock and Roll Blues Gender, Race, and Genre in the Songwriting Career of Rose Marie McCoy Maureen Mahon ose Marie McCoy (19222015) was one of a small number of black female professional songwriters and one of the more consistently recorded songwriters of the 1950s and 1960s. Known for catchy tunes and downhome wit, McCoy estimated that roughly eight hundred of her songs have been published, and bmi lists just over seven hundred titles published under her name.1 They range across musical genres, from rhythm and blues, country, and vocal jazz to pop, gospel, and rock and roll. Her songs, many of them cowritten with Charlie Singleton, were recorded by both black and white artists, including Eddie Arnold, LaVern Baker, Hank Ballard, Big Maybelle, James Brown, Ruth Brown, Shirley Caesar, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Etta James, Louis Jordan, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Elvis Presley, Little Jimmy Scott, Big Joe Turner, Ike and Tina Turner, and Dinah Washington. An African American woman pioneer in a white maledominated field, McCoy is little known in the twenty-first century. She has been the subject of a radio documentary, magazine articles, and a recent biography, but mentions of McCoy
Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Sep 10, 2015
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