|Suzi Quatro, forth of five children, born under the sign of Gemini, June 3rd, 1950, in Detroit Michigan. She was raised in a musical family, including 3 sisters and one brother, who all played various instruments. Suzi herself made her debut on stage playing bongo’s in her fathers jazz band, The Art Quatro Trio. From an early age she studied classical piano and percussion, then aged 14, began an all girl band with elder sister Patti, called The Pleasure Seekers. Suzi was ‘told’ she would be playing bass guitar, which was as tall as her! She quickly became the lead singer and front person.
This band toured for 7 years, very successfully, releasing a few singles along the way, then changed their name to Cradle in 1969. It was in this band, a couple of years later, that Mickie Most, (producer) came to a concert, and offered Suzi a solo contract. She flew to England in 1971 to begin her journey to fame. Soon after Suzi began working with now legendary songwriters Chinn and Chapman (Mike Chapman also produced), which resulted the huge hit, Can The Can, which went to number one in May 1973, and went on to sell two and a half million copies worldwide.
Between 1973 and 1980, Suzi Quatro featured in the British charts for no less than 101 weeks, and has sold to date over 55 million records, and still counting. Her hits include, 48 Crash, Too Big, Devil Gate Drive, Daytona Demon, The Wild One, She’s In Love With You, Mama’s Boy, If You Can’t Give Me Love, Rock Hard, and a million seller in the U.S.A., ‘Stumblin in’ a duet with Chris Norman. From ’77-’79 Suzi spread her wings and landed a part on the worldwide hit T.V. Series ‘Happy Days’, playing leather tuscadero opposite Henry Winkler and Ron Howard. She continued to act in other shows including, Minder, Dempsey and Makepeace, and more up to date, absolutely fabulous and Midsomer Murders.
In 1986 Suzi made her West End debut playing the leading role of Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ for which she received great critical acclaim. She spread her wings again in 1988, and hosted her own talk show called ‘Gas Street’ which ran for a year. In 1989 Suzi was one of the first rock and roll acts to go to Russia, where she performed for over half a million people in just six weeks. 1991 – she was triumphant again, realising a lifelong ambition by writing the music and lyrics, along with Shirlie Roden, and starring in ‘Talullah Bankhead’ it ran for its full season of 5 weeks, and Suzi received amazing critics, even though they were not officially allowed into review the show.
January 1999 started Suzi’s radio career with BBC Radio 2, which is ongoing today. She has done her own weekly programs, and many special documentaries including Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Patsy Cline, and a recent special on her home town of Detroit. She has met, interviewed or played on stage with most of her heroes. Suzi is a very popular D.J. even being nominated for music broadcaster of the year at the Sony radio awards in 2006. 1999 Also saw Suzi honoured in ‘This Is Your Life’ , complete with famous red book. They caught her on her 56 Date UK tour, onstage at the Palladium.. Completely off guard. There were a few expletives that had to be edited out!!
In 2006 Suzi released the autobiographical album, Back To The Drive… which has become the fans favorite world wide. Suzi also made an appearance alongside Charles Dance in the theatre, in a play called ‘Exonerated At This Time.’ Unzipped, Suzi’s autobiography was released in 2007 and has done extremely well worldwide.. Getting to number 2 in the Australian charts where she continues to tour. The next tour in 2013 will be her 29th down under!!!
Current release, produced by long time collaborator Mike Chapman, ‘In The Spotlight’ .. Which is now also available in limited edition with an extra cd of unreleased Suzi compositions called ‘In The Dark’ , and an enhanced cd with a video of ‘Strict Machine’ and the now legendary Suzi tribute to her absolute hero, Elvis Presley, ‘Singing with Angels,’ which she recorded in Nashville with James Burton on guitar, and Elvis’s original backing vocal group, The Jordinaires. In 2012 Suzi turned her autobiography into a one woman show which had is first outing at London’s Hippodrome Theatre for one week.
In 2014, to celebrate her 50 years in the business , BBC Radio 2 featured this show as part of their Christmas schedule taped at the BBC radio theatre. It was prime time 2 hours long, unzipped, turning into a mini concert at the end, and was attended by such luminaries as Bruce Welch (The Shadows) and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It broke records with requests for tickets after only 1 announcment that this should would go on. Over 5000 people! Suzi did a 23 sell out tour of Australia in 2015, her 30th tour of this country, and her ‘Final’ tour … but has decided to go back and is touring Australia 2017.
Her famous quote says it all.