Pat Benatar didn't just open the door for women in rock. This little woman with the HUGE voice absolutely KICKED the door in. Right off the hinges.
But before her mega-platinum career one of as rock's most influential female superstars, she was.....a lounge singer?
"Coxon's Army Live from Sam Miller's Exchange Cafe" (Trace Records, 1974), was produced as a reportedly unaired local TV special for Richmond, VA public TV station WCVE and is the very first album she appeared on.
This album also features a cover of "Theme From Shaft" but no indicator if she actually sang it (perhaps the female backing part.) This is a $500 record in mint condition. About 1,000 copies were pressed and that's a VERY short run for any record.
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"If He Walked Into My Life" (1974)
"Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (1974)
"Day Gig" Pat Benatar (1974) This is the first headlining single she ever recorded.
Also see Before The Were Stars: The Cars