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Errol's Pick

Forty five years ago, Linda Martell made history by becoming the first African-American woman to appear on the "Grand Ole Opry", the legendary country music radio show. She released only one album, that until now had never been released on CD. Our music columnist Errol Nazareth reviewed it on the show this morning. Martell was born Thelma Bynem in 1941 and grew up listening to country, blues and jazz. She sang with an R&B group called "The Anglos" with her sister and three brothers in clubs around Columbia. She performed all over the US, appeared on the "Grand Old Opry" 11 times, and guested on several syndicated TV programs before walking away from the music business in 1974.

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