Joan Marie Larkin, 22 September 1958, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Jett was one of the most successful US female singers to emerge from the rock scene of the 70s. She spent most of her childhood in the Baltimore, Maryland area, where she learned guitar as a child, playing along to favourite rock n roll records. In 1972, her family relocated to Los Angeles, where she became enamoured with artists including David Bowie, Suzi Quatro, T. Rex and Gary Glitter. At the age of 15 she began infiltrating the Los Angeles rock scene and formed her first band. Producer Kim Fowley took the band under his wing and named it the Runaways, procuring a record contract with Mercury Records. They recorded three punk-tinged hard rock albums that were unsuccessful in the USA but hits in Japan, where they also recorded a live album. Also successful in England, they recorded their swan-song, And Now... The Runaways, in that country in 1979.
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