Since it’s sort of a major running theme of this blog, I like to think I’m up to speed on the contributions women made to the rock and roll era. But I confess I never knew Suzi Quatro was in a band (founded by her sister Patti) called the Pleasure Seekers.
In 1964 and ’65.
Playing hard rock.
When Suzi was 14 and 15.
It doesn’t really matter if these records are very good (the band is okay, the singer is going places, but only when the world catches up to her). What matters is that, contemporaneous with the Supremes and the Shangri-Las, they were made at all.
Later on they were signed to Mercury in 1968.
So not only did Suzi beat the Runaways to the hard rock starting gate and ace out Jane Fonda and Olivia Newton-John for the definitive shag-haircut-of-the-century (knew all that)…
…she beat Fanny to a major label contract.
Maybe somebody else did, too. I’m always learning.
But it’s a pretty safe bet none of the others went on to sell fifty million records, last fifty years in the business, give interviews explaining how she got through a tough spot on an acting set by “imitating Joan Jett imitating me,” (ignore the title, it’s not a jab)….
and end up giving lessons on German TV demonstrating the links between natural hit-makers, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Abba.
Other than that, just another girl from Detroit.