Loretta Zotto (193? - ?)
- Darwin Porter. Merv Griffin: A life in the Closet. Blood Moon, 2009: 213-4.
Ruth Brown (194? - )
She was at the Stonewall riots, and performed at Harlem drag balls.
In 1976 Marion Williams, the gospel and blues singer, appearing at New York’s Town Hall encouraged the audience to sing along, but they were unable to match her range. It was Ruth who stepped down from the balcony and sang a duet with Marion.
“She was indeed a powerhouse, a combination of Wilson Picket and Little Richard, but better than either. She sang a typical soul repertory, including songs that predated her audience.”