SUZI QUATRO (UK & IRELAND ONLY)

 

Band Details

Suzi made her professional music debut at age  eight, playing bongos in her father, Art Quatro's, jazz band. She left school at age 14 to appear on television as a go-go dancer and changed her name to Suzi Soul. At 15, she formed an all-girl group with her sisters Patti Quatro, Nancy Quatro and Arlene Quatro called "Suzi and the Pleasure Seekers". They played various gigs around the country and were eventually invited to play at US military bases in Viet Nam. The band changed their name to "Cradle" and performed at a Detroit dance hall where they were spotted by British producer Mickie Most. Suzi's aggressive stage presence and ballsy attitude, wrapped up in such a small package, impressed Most enough to offered to take her to Great Britan to sign a contract on his RAK record label. Suzi toured the UK working as a supporting act. Although Most encouraged her songwriting, after her 1972 debut single "Rolling Stone" failed to make a big impression, he enlisted the services of the hit British songwriting team of Nicholas Chinn and Michael Chapman. Put together at the time of her 1972 tour as support for Slade, Quatro's band was composed of Len Tuckey on guitar, Dave Neal on drums and keyboard player Alistair McKenzie. (Who was soon replaced by Mike Deacon). Encased in a black leather jump-suit with blatantly sensual legs astride her bass guitar, she thumped away aggressively. Her small figure fronted a band of black-clad tough-guys. This image as trend-setting raunchy female rocker provided a perfect showcase for Chinn and Chapman's propulsive direct rockers like chart toppers Can The Can, 48 Crash and Devil Gate Drive.

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