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Sally Fingerett

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  • Years Active: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


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Sally Fingerett is best known as a member of the Bitchin' Babes, an all-female folk-pop group founded by humorous singer/songwriter Christine Lavin in 1990. A craftsmanlike songwriter and possessor of an emotion-tinged soprano voice, Fingerett has been nearly as effective on her own. Her song "Home Is Where the Heart Is" was featured during latter-day concerts by Peter, Paul and Mary, while her three solo albums have showcased her warm vocal style and heartfelt lyricism.

Fingerett, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, became enchanted by the Lincoln Avenue singer/songwriter scene in the shadow of the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Inspired by Steve Goodman and John Prine, she wrote her first song, "Rock-a-Line Caroline," at the age of 23. Although Fingerett moved to Nashville in 1978 to sing lead for the all-female bluegrass group the Buffalo Gals, she returned to Chicago a year later and began performing as a soloist on the coffeehouse circuit. Her debut solo album, Enclosed, was released in 1983. Fingerett's song "Wild Berries" was included on the Christine Lavin-compiled album On a Winter's Night.

Shortly after moving to Columbus, Ohio, Fingerett was invited to join, along with Meghon McDonough and Patty Larkin (later replaced by Debi Smith), a group being started by Lavin. The group's first tour was billed as Buy Me Buy Me Bring Me Take Me: Don't Mess My Hair... Life According to Four Bitchin' Babes. A live-in-concert album with the same name was released in 1990. The same year, Fingerett won the prestigious New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Fingerett's second solo album, Unraveled, was released in 1992. The same year, her debut album was reissued on CD. Her third album, Ghost Town Girl, was released the following year.

In 1993, Fingerett and the Bitchin' Babes, joined by singer/songwriter Julie Gold, released their second album and first studio recording, Four Bitchin' Babes, Vol. 2. Fingerett encountered severe vocal problems in 1994, suffering from idiopathic nerve paralysis, which began with tracheal bronchitis in February. Although she was unable to sing until July, she continued to tour with the Bitchin' Babes with guest vocalists singing her songs. She recovered in time to record the group's third album, Out of the Mouths of Babes (aka Gabby Road), with Lavin replaced by witty singer/songwriter Camille West. Fingerett's vocals have also been featured in jingles for White Castle, Wendy's, Sears, and Hallmark. She issued My Good Company in 1998; A Woman's Gotta Do Her Thing followed in 2004.


Sally Fingerett (born December 25, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American folk singer/songwriter. She is a founding member of Four Bitchin' Babes and continues to record with the band.

Fingerett joined the Chicago folk scene while a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, inspired by such artists as Steve Goodman and John Prine. She later moved to Nashville, Tennessee and became the lead singer for the bluegrass band Buffalo Gals. She also toured with artists such as John Hartford and Bill Monroe before beginning her solo career.

She met and married producer Dan Green, and they collaborated on producing commercial music. Green produced four of Fingerett's solo CDs, as well as the Four Bitchin' Babes album Fax It, Charge It, Don't Ask Me What's For Dinner.

In 1994, Fingerett had to suspend recording and performing after contracting a virus that paralyzed her vocal cords. She recovered use of her voice a year later. Soon after, Christine Lavin passed a recording of Fingerett's song Home Is Where The Heart Is (about accepting people regardless of sexual orientation) to Peter, Paul and Mary, who covered the song on their album Lifelines. Later, she divorced Green, and created a one-woman comedy/music show, It's A Crazy World….But Where Else Would We Live...the Musical Musings of a Mental Yentl.

The http://www.fourbitchinbabes.com Four Bitchin' Babes] continue to tour and perform. and will release their ninth album in September 2012.

Fingerett currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Michael Stan and their three children; EJ, 26, lives in Chicago, IL, Max, 24, lives in Seattle, WA, and Aaron, 22, lives in Columbus, OH.

^ Milano, Dean (2009-11-04). The Chicago Music Scene: 1960s and 1970s. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-0-7385-7729-6. Retrieved 14 August 2011.