Pop: Out of the Shadows

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Carole King

Began pop life auspiciously as the subject of Neil Sedaka's "Oh Carole". Co-wrote and produced many 1960s pop landmarks before defining singer- songwriterdom with 1971's 14 million-selling Tapestry.

Tina Turner

Initially deemed good enough to sing live with husband Ike's band but not record with them, the former Annie Mae Bullock went on to become Phil Spector's muse, and later recorded some of the most authentically horrible music of the Eighties.

Sheryl Crow

Former primary school music-teacher turned global faux-country empress. Early CV credits as backing vocalist for Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton receive more attention than her crucial formative songwriting experiences in the employ of Bette Midler.