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.