Olivia Newton-John ‘Totally Hot’

I think the case can be made the post-Grease Olivia Newton John, a lyric coloratura soprano with a 3.5 octave range, was an architect for the 80s – 90s Madonna-led dance/pop diva genre. Besides Disco Queen Donna Summer, no mainstream female artist was doing pop with such provocative overtones in the late 70s/early 80s.

Even though the four-time Grammy award winner didn’t venture too far into R&B like the pop songstresses who followed her, à la Sheena Easton (imagine if Prince had become ...

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