By Sarah HenshawPublished July 20, 2019 08:45:16We’re just a few months away from the premiere of The Artist, a movie that explores the careers of a few top female composers and singers, with the cast featuring a diverse array of musical styles and voices.
In a series of tweets, the film’s director and co-writer, James Toback, shared the top 10 women singers and composers who have influenced the film, from Adele to Christina Aguilera.
Here are the top five, followed by the 10 top male singers.
(Toby also tweeted that there were no male singers on the list, which has since been corrected to the list of male composers.)
Toby’s list of female composer:Anna Durden, composer of the song “Widowmaker” (1952);Liza Minnelli, composer and guitarist of the film The Last Temptation of Christ (1997);Julie Andrews, composer (1921) and producer (1925) of the movie The Little Mermaid (1939);Lily Allen, composer, vocalist, lyricist, pianist and arranger of the songs “Marry Me” (1967) and “The Lady of the Lake” (1966) and of the soundtrack album The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1969);Jenny Lewis, composer for the film I’m Only Sleeping (1963);Carrie Underwood, composer;Sidney Poitier, composer.
Toback’s list in reverse:Liza minnelli (1953);Carole King (1955);Thelma Palmer (1958);Gina Rogers (1960);Thelonious Monk (1962);Thea Taylor (1963) and John Williams (1966).
Toby, who has previously written for films such as “Wet Hot American Summer” and “Love Actually,” has been working on his own film, “A Christmas Carol,” in addition to his feature-length musical, which he hopes to start production in late 2019.
The filmmaker has previously expressed a desire to explore the history of female music and performance and is currently working on a book about the career of the women of jazz, jazz pianist Elton John, and jazz pianists Vivaldi and Vivaldi Quintet.