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Lita Rossanna Ford, 19 September 1958, Streatham, London, England. Raised in Long Beach, California, USA, Ford was one of the original members of the Kim Fowley -conceived Runaways, first joining the band in 1975. In 1980, a disagreement within the ranks over musical direction led to the Runaways break-up, leaving Ford to explore a solo career on the US glam-metal circuit (initially subsidized by her day job as a beautician). Her debut album was recorded for Mercury Records with the assistance of Neil Merryweather on bass, though it was Fords guitar playing that took centre stage. 1984s Dancin On The Edge made a minor impact on the US album charts, reaching number 66, although it was a less slick collection. Almost four years later in 1988 came Lita. Housed on RCA Records (a third album for MCA, The Bride Wore Black, had been abandoned), it reached the Top 30 and spawned the US number 12 hit, Kiss Me Deadly (April 1988), plus a...