Female 45s from the 1970s

by Administrator 17. January 2022 13:46

Female funk and soul artists are making a footprint in today’s music industry and we wanted to celebrate this with some of our favorite female soul artists  from the 70s including Spanky Wilson and Jean Wells. 

Spanky Wilson: Shake Your Head / Home


Label: Eastbound 627 (Promo). Released 1974.

Label Owner: Dearborn, MI (1973-1974).

A Side: Shake Your Head

B Side: Home


Born in Philadelphia, Spanky Wilson is well worth the listen! “Shake Your Head” has that classic 70s funk and soul sound we all love. Groovy bass lines, pocket drumming, and of course Wilson’s fantastic vocals. Flip the 45 over to slow things down and be captivated by Spanky’s vocal range.


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Jean Wells: He Ain’t Doing Bad / Somebody’s Been Lovin’ You



Label: Canyon 39. Released 1970. 

Label Location: Hollywood, CA (1969-1970).

A Side: He Ain’t Doing Bad

B Side: Somebody’s Been Lovin’ You


As promised, we have another awesome 45 from female artist, Jean Wells. Wells grew up in West Palm Beach, FL before finding her way to Philadelphia. She returned to Florida and back to Philadelphia a number of times during her career as she struggled to find fame. She was finally recognized by musician and businessman Clyde Otis, launching her into a successful music career. 


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Donald Woods: Close to You / Disco Party



Label: Blue Hound 274313. Released 1978.

Label Location: Chicago, IL

A Side: Close to You

B Side: Disco Party


We are ending this post with a groovin’ 45 from Donald Woods. “Close to You” is the quintessential R’n’B song infused with soulful lead and background vocals, a shuffling drum groove and everything else you can possibly want from a song derived from this era. Check it out below!


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If you are interested in purchasing one of these 45s from Parker’s Records please write down the Artist and Song Title while listening to the sound clips to make for an easy checkout experience. You can make purchases using our secure form.





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