A generation of boomers grew up watching women try to outdo one another with their tales of woe.
When I was in high school listening to the radio I heard Mildred Bailey. Knocked my socks off. She preceded Billie Holiday as my favorite all time female vocalist (whom I first heard freshman year in college). And I guess she’s in QFAD because I ran out of great aunts and grandmothers to put in the piece. I am related to all of the other women, except Mildred Bailey and the woman next to her (found her photo in an urban salvage junk shop in Berkeley).