Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro (born June 3, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress.
She scored a string of hit singles in the 1970s that found greater success in Europe and Australia than in her homeland, and had a recurring role on the popular American sitcom Happy Days.
Quatro began her musical career at the age of fourteen. She played the bass guitar in the all-female band Pleasure Seekers and Cradle with her sisters Patti, Nancy, and Arlene. Also, according to her autobiography, her first bass guitar was a 1957 Fender Precision, given to her by her father. Patti Quatro later joined the band Fanny, one of the earliest all-female rock bands to gain national attention. She has a brother, Michael Quatro, who is also a musician.
Quatro's first single "Rolling Stone" did not achieve popularity except in Portugal, where it hit number one on the charts. Most introduced Quatro to the songwriting and production team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. Following a support slot on a UK tour with Thin Lizzy and headliners Slade, her second single "Can the Can" (1973) was a number one hit throughout Europe and in Australia. It was followed up by three further hits: "48 Crash" (1973), "Daytona Demon" (1973), and "Devil Gate Drive" (1974) on RAK Records. "Can the Can", "48 Crash" and "Devil Gate Drive" each sold over one million copies, and were each awarded gold discs.
These recordings, a hybrid of glam rock and bubblegum pop, met little success in her native United States, despite tours in the mid-1970s supporting Alice Cooper on his 'Welcome to my Nightmare' tour, upon which she broke his nose, whilst having a dart-gun fight in a hotel lobby. With the exception of Australia, from 1975 onwards, glam rock's popularity declined. In the interim, she did enjoy some success as a session player. None the less, her singles after 1975 made it no higher than the top 20 in the UK for the next three years.
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