Suzi Quatro ,Susan Kay “Suzi” Quatro:2 (born 3 June 1950) is an American glam rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women’s participation in rock music.
In the 1970s, Quatro scored a string of hit singles that found greater success in European and Australian territories than in her homeland. Following a recurring role as bass player Leather Tuscadero on the popular American sitcom Happy Days, her duet “Stumblin’ In” with Smokie’s lead singer Chris Norman reached No. 4 in the US and became her only No. 1 hit in Australia in 1979.
Suzi Quatro released her eponymous debut album in 1973. Since then, she has released fifteen studio albums, ten compilation albums, and one live album. Her solo hits include “Can the Can”, “48 Crash”, “Daytona Demon”, “Devil Gate Drive” and “Your Mamma Won’t Like Me”.
Between 1973 and 1980, Quatro was awarded six Bravo Ottos. In 2010, she was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame. Quatro has sold over 50 million albums and continues to perform live, worldwide. Her most recent studio album was released in 2011 and she also continues to present new radio programmes.
Early years and the Art Quatro Trio
Suzi Quatro says she was influenced at the age of six by the American singer and actor Elvis Presley, whom she saw on television. She also said she had no female role model but was inspired by Billie Holiday and liked the dress sense of Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las “because she wore tight trousers and a waistcoat on top – she looked hot”.
Quatro received formal training in playing classical piano and percussion. She is a self-taught player of the bass and guitar. Source Wikipedia