the 1950s, female vocalists were called ‘girl’ singers. Using the word
‘girl’ to refer to adult women did not have the pejorative connotation
that it might have today. In many cases though, female vocalists did
portray a girlish attitude and demeanor—and the lyrics often suggested
a young singer. It was a decade for women. Doris Day was the most
popular box-office movie star, Dinah Shore won annual Emmy’s for the
best TV variety series, and Teresa Brewer, Joni James, Jaye P. Morgan,
Patti Page, and Kay Starr all had dozens of hit songs during the decade.