American Female Guitarists

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 1 Bonnie Raitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

Bonnie Raitt is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Despite little commercial success at the beginning of her career, Raitt remained persistent until she had her first major hit in 1989. She has been named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time lists. She also supports organizations like Little Kids Rock.

 2 Susanna Hoffs

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter best known as a co-founder of the Bangles
Birthdate: January 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 3 Charo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain

Spanish-American actress, singer, comedian, and flamenco-guitarist Charo, whose birth year remains a subject of dispute for several years, is known for her seductive deep voice with Spanish accent, unrestrained and exuberant manner, and the catch-phrase cuchi-cuchi. She has released albums like Guitar Passion, featured in films like The Concorde...Airport '79 and guest starred in TV series like The Love Boat.

 4 Patti Scialfa

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Deal, New Jersey, United States

Patti Scialfa is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. The wife of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa has been an important member of Springsteen's primary backing band, E Street Band, since 1984. As a member of the band, Patti Scialfa became an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 5 Teddy Geiger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 6 Melissa Etheridge

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

 7 Lita Ford

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Famous As: Lead Guitarist Of The Rock Band 'The Runaways'
Birthdate: September 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Lita Ford is an English-born American vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead guitarist for The Runaways, a now-defunct rock band. Also a humanitarian, Ford took part in a cooking television game show titled Chopped in an attempt to raise $10,000 for her charity. In the 2010 film The Runaways, Ford was played by Scout Taylor-Compton.

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 8 Helen Reddy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 9 Teena Marie

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: March 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: December 26, 2010

 10 Christy Carlson Romano

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut, USA

 11 Eva Cassidy

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States
Died: November 2, 1996

 12 Suzi Quatro

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 13 Shirley Manson

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 14 Carrie Brownstein

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Actor, Writer, Musician, Blogger, Television actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seattle

 15 Alison Sudol

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 16 Edie Brickell

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oak Cliff, Texas, USA

 17 Persia White

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

 18 Lzzy Hale

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA

Lzzy Hale is a singer, musician, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Halestorm. She is also the co-founder of the band. She began writing and performing music as a teenager and began her career collaborating with her brother, Arejay. She has also collaborated with many other artists.    

 19 Judy Collins

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 20 Brittany Howard

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Alabama Athens, Alabama, United States

 21 Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

 22 Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States

 23 Kathleen Hanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 24 Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 25 Laura Jane Grace

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

 26 Kim Deal

Kim Deal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA

 27 Natalie Maines

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States

 28 Liz Phair

Liz Phair
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 29 LP

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

 30 Michelle Branch

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter Famous for Hit Single 'Everywhere'
Birthdate: July 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sedona, Arizona, United States

Michelle Branch is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her vocal performance on Santana's song The Game of Love, which received a Grammy Award under the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category. She is also credited with forming the now-defunct duo The Wreckers.

 31 Susan Tedeschi

Susan Tedeschi
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 32 Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States

 33 Yvonne Elliman

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 34 Aja Volkman

Aja Volkman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, USA

 35 Laura Nyro

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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997

 36 Paz Lenchantin

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Argentine-born American musician and Pixies member Paz Lenchantin was born to a classical pianist father and had started training in the violin and other instruments as a child. The camera-shy artist is known for her eccentricities, such as buying a truck and driving it around Louisville. 

 37 Brody Armstrong

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 38 Mia Zapata

Mia Zapata
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: August 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 7, 1993

 39 Juice Newton

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

 40 Phyllis Hyman

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 30, 1995

 41 Lacey Sturm

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Homestead, Florida, United States

Former lead singer of the hard-rock band Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm is known for her trademark screams and her tracks such as I'm So Sick and All Around Me. Her album Life Screams made her the first solo female performer to top the hard-rock album charts. She has also penned a memoir.

 42 Suzanne Vega

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 43 Rickie Lee Jones

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 44 Lori Black

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 45 Angela Marie DiFranco

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 46 Santigold

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Santigold is an American singer-songwriter renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice. She achieved popularity after the release of her critically acclaimed album Santogold in 2008. The same year, she was named the Best Breakthrough Artist at the NME Awards USA. In 2009, she won the Vanguard Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Santigold's work has influenced artists like Bob Evans.        

 47 Deana Carter

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

 48 Nita Strauss

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 49 Andy Allo

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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bamenda, Cameroon

 50 Sophie B. Hawkins

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States