Three things you need to know about Linda Martell, the first Black woman to perform at the Grand Ole Opry

Stephen Nartey February 13, 2023
Linda Martell /Photo: Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

Her dream was to become one of the Black trailblazers in a genre that was dominated by white acts. She knew it was not a walkover given that she was African American and a woman as well. It was rare for a Black woman to do country music in the 1960s but that was the space Linda Martell chose to break barriers.

She rose to become one of the most popular African-American women country music singers after the release of her single “Color Him Father”, according to Rolling Stone. Martell became the first African-American woman to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in the sixties. Here are three other facts you need to learn about the singer.


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