Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Induct These Women: Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro was the first female bassist to rise to stardom. Let that sink in for a minute. Before she came along, no women bass players in rock and roll had achieved the sort of independent fame Quatro managed. Because of this, she became a pioneer for women in the music industry, smashing down walls and allowing others to tread the path she blazed.

While Quatro found more success abroad than she did at home in terms of hit singles, she did find her way to the number four spot on the charts with the song Stumblin In. She also held down a recurring role on Happy Days as Leather Tuscadero, a leather jacketed, bass playing rock and roller.

Along with her sister and a few friends, in 1964 Quatro formed an all-female garage rock band. The Pleasure Seekers rose to some notoriety, recording several singles and landing a contract with Mercury records. Eventually they went their separate way from the record label and changed the name of the band to Cradle.

Quatro moved to England to record with Mickie Most, the producer behind Herman’s Hermits, The Animals, Donovan, and a host of other well-known names. She toured the UK with Slade and Thin Lizzy and earned quite a few gold discs for her recordings. Quatro also found her way to a platinum record in Australia with the release of her album Rock Hard.

Over the course of her long and continued career, Suzi Quatro has been a rock star, an actress, a songwriter, a radio host, as well as the recipient of multiple awards and honors including six Bravo Ottos, the German award for excellence in film, television, and music.

Beyond all this, Quatro was one of the first of her kind. A revolutionary rock star who opened doors and smashed windows for women who would follow in her footsteps. She was a musical pioneer who earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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