Let's try to make a long-lasting and helpful thread about this topic! Who should we disqualify as neglected and/or obscure? Of course, it's all relative. Generally speaking, let's stay away from any singer who has had her own thread in this forum. Ditto for any singer whose records have been mentioned with regularity in other music threads. Here is a roughly alphabetical list of those who should be disqualified: Betty Carter June Christy Rosemary Clooney Chris Connor Doris Day Blossom Dearie Ella Fitzgerald Judy Garland Eydie Gorme Billie Holiday Shirley Horn Lena Horne Eartha Kitt Peggy Lee Abby Lincoln Julie London Carmen McRae Ethel Merman Helen Merrill Anita O'Day Patti Page Dinah Shore Nina Simone Keely Smith Jeri Southern Jo Stafford Kay Starr Dakota Staton Barbra Streisand Sarah Vaughan Dinah Washington Margaret Whiting Nancy Wilson (All those singers have been repeatedly celebrated elsewhere in this forum. If you feel like talking about any of them, that would be great, but don't do it here. Just search for a thread about that vocalist, or open a new one!) I'd say that female groups should also be disqualified; they deserve their own separate thread. What to post: It would be ideal if you mention a favorite song by the singer, or upload a video representative of her singing style, or think of some particular trait that you like about her. In other words, don't just type a name, because a name won't mean much to anyone who doesn't know the singer. Should you want to post to say that you dislike the singer, that could be a very interesting contribution, too, as long as you tell us why. Limits: only songstresses who primarily sang jazz and standards ("As Time Goes By," "Summertime," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "My FunnyValentine," etc.) and who were active before the 1970s. This means that r&b & country singers such as Esther Phillips or Wanda Jackson do not qualify, and neither would rock singers who, like Linda Ronstadt, recorded standards after 1970. Too many rules? Don't worry. I won't be putting out a contract on you if you ignore any of these!