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Workmen rush to finish the Women Who Rock exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The new exhibit that opens to the public Friday traces the pioneering role of women in rock n' roll, from Billie Holliday to Lady GaGa.

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When Wanda Jackson was a girl with a gravelly voice who opened for Elvis Presley in the 1950s, nobody had ever heard a woman sing like that before. By then, Presley was already gyrating his way to superstardom. But Jackson — called the “queen of rockabilly” for her gritty, feisty performances — couldn’t even get her songs played on the radio.

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