In pop music lore, these vintage female vocalists are tops

Richard G. Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
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Ella Johnson: "I'm Just Your Fool"; "Any Day Now"; "Ain't Cha Got Me Where You Want Me"; "Since I Fell for You"; "I Don't Want Nobody"

Carole King: "It's Too Late Baby"; "So Far Away"; "Natural Woman"; "I Feel the Earth Move"; "Jazzman"; "One Fine Day"; "Nightingale"; "Sweet Seasons"

Eartha Kitt: "Santa Baby"; "C'est Si Bon"; "Uska Dara"; "It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House"; "African Lullaby"; "I Want to Be Evil"

Peggy Lee: "Lover"; "Just One of Those Things"; "Why Don't You Do Right"; "It's a Good Day"; "Is That All There Is"; "I Belong to You"; "Alright, Okay, You Win"

Patti Page: "Old Cape Cod"; "Tennessee Waltz"; "So in Love"; "With My Eyes Wide Open"; "Mockin' Bird Hill"; "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte"; "Allegheny Moon"

Della Reese: "Don't You Know"; "And That Reminds Me"; "Someday You'll Want Me to Want You"; "In Still of the Night"; "Not One Minute More"; "Summer Samba"

Jeri Southern: "You Better Go Now"; "When I Fall in Love"; "Dancing on the Ceiling"; "Fire Down Below"; "Would I Love You"; "The Very Thought of You"

Dusty Springfield: "The Look of Love"; Windmills of Your Mind"; "Sunny"; "Son of a Preacher Man"; "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"; "All I See is You"

Jo Stafford: "You Belong to Me"; "Jambalaya"; "It's Almost Tomorrow"; "Teach Me Tonight"; "Shrimp Boats"; "Day by Day"; "Symphony"; "Long Ago and Far Away"

Kay Starr: "Wheel of Fortune"; "So Tired"; "Bonaparte's Retreat"; "Come On-a My House"; "Side by Side"; "Changing Partners"; "If You Love Me, Really Love Me"

Donna Summer: "MacArthur Park"; "Love to Love You Baby"; "Last Dance"; "On the Radio"; "I Feel Love"; "Hot Stuff"; "Romeo"; "Bad Girls"; "The Wanderer"

Sarah Vaughan: "Brokenhearted Melody"; "Misty"; "Whatever Lola Wants"; "Corner to Corner"; "I Ran All the Way Home"; "Time"; "Perdido"; "Linger Awhile"; "Eternally"

Dionne Warwick: "Alfie"; "Dej Vu"; "Walk on By"; "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"; "I Say a Little Prayer for You"; "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"

Dinah Washington: "What a Difference a Day Makes"; "I Concentrate on You"; "It Isn't Fair"; "Congratulations to Someone"; "Time Out for Tears"; "Harbor Lights"

Bottom line: This was a tough job and it pains me to omit other greats. I'll weigh in soon with my top 30 male pop vocalists. And that's the name of that tune.