Although rock music is predominantly a male-dominated genre, there are many outstanding female rock musicians. From Ann Wilson, Joan Jett, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Grace Slick to Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Amy Lee of Evanescence, numerous women have revolutionized the rock and roll scene and established themselves as role models. There are, of course, many great female musicians in other musical genres besides rock. It turns out that David Gilmour was a fan of the second all-female group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Which Girl Group Did David Gilmour Admire? David Gilmour joined the BBC Radio program Desert Island Discs in 2003. In this program, the artists are asked to select eight songs they would listen to if stranded on a desert island. After selecting eight, each castaway chooses his or her favorite, dubbed “the castaway’s favorite.” On Gilmour’s list were Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and The Kinks, but it seems that if he were stranded on an island, his favorite song would be a dance tune. The guitarist told Desert Island Discs that it is a difficult decision, but he prefers Martha And The Vandellas for dancing. David Gilmour elaborated on his selection by selecting the band’s song “Dancing in the Street.” The guitarist admitted that his advanced age prevented him from dancing frequently, but he would want dance music to accompany him on a deserted beach or elsewhere. David Gilmour stated the following during the conversation with Desert Island Discs:
“It’s a difficult decision, isn’t it? I believe I’d have to bring Martha and the Vandellas for the dancing.” Gilmour then explained why he selected Martha And The Vandellas: “I will be required to dance. Obviously, at my extremely advanced age, I don’t do it frequently. However, I need some Tamla Motown-style dance music to accompany me on this beach, wherever I may be. This is “Dancing in the Street,” not a beach party.” Martha And The Vandellas were an American vocal girl group that rose to prominence in the 1960s with the Motown record label. It appears that Gilmour was a big fan of “Dancing In The Street,” which was their signature single. Below, you can listen to “Dancing In The Street” by Martha And The Vandellas.
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