Rock bands with female members....who was the first?

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Interesting to hear what people say. The first girl group I remember was the go-go’s, but I grew up in the 80’s, so they are the first band I remember. There were many before them I’m sure.
 

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Motopsychos from Pittsburgh

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Ike and Tina Turner- 1960.
Guess the case can be made they were more R&B, but few can argue she rocked!
 

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First one I thought of was the Carpenters. They came on the scene in the late 60's. Don't know if you consider them "rock" though.

Since "Rock" Bands didn't really start showing up on the scene until the 70's you're probably stuck with these answers.
There were lots of other bands with women in them, usually singers, throughout the 20th century. They just don't fall into the "rock" category.



Now if you want to expand this to the first all female bands of the popular music of the time, you need to go back to the big band era.

 

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Yep
As in an actual band that rocked, not some "Girl group" of singers.

The first one that I remember was Fanny, and they rocked.



I was a big fan. These ladies are players. I saw them when they were the openers for Humble Pie's "Rockin' the Fillmore" shows. (Lee Michaels was actually the opener. Fanny was on just before Humble Pie.)

 
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My high school rock band gigged with several all female bands in 1966.
They played the mid west circuit, and while they were a bit of a novelty, they were not considered "too unusual" even then.
And of course, there were all female "big bands" in the 1920"s onward.
The Shaggs are one 60's all female band, but they were considered "not very good" as I recall.
 

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I too thought it was Fanny...first all-female rock band.
There was an all-female rock band from San Francisco, who were well known and opened for lots of famous bands in San Francisco. They recently celebrated 55 years together, which puts them before Fanny as far as the early days. I just can't remember their name!
Stretch

EDIT: OK, I have it. It was the ACE OF CUPS and they began in 1967. Do we have a winner?!!?
 

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could have been Mott The Hoople
because One of them could kick like a Mule.
 

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As in an actual band that rocked, not some "Girl group" of singers.

The first one that I remember was Fanny, and they rocked.



The very first female rocker I don’t know. But, Jefferson Airplane with Grace Slick started in the mid 60’s.

PS: Janis Joplin started recording in the early 60’s.
 
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