Formed in 1975, this US band was initially conceived of as the product of producer/svengali Kim Fowley and teenage lyricist Kari Krome. Together they assembled an adolescent female group following several auditions in the Los Angeles, California area. The original line-up comprised Joan Jett (Joan Marie Larkin, 22 September 1958, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar/vocals), Michael Steele (b. Susanne Thomas, 2 June 1956, Newport Beach, California, USA; vocals/bass - later of the Bangles) and Sandy West (b. Sandy Pesavento, 10 July 1959, Long Beach, California, USA, d. 21 October 2006, San Dimas, California, USA; drums), but was quickly bolstered by the addition of Lita Ford (b. Lita Rossanna Ford, 19 September 1958, Streatham, London, England; guitar/vocals) and Cherie Currie (b. 30 November 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA; vocals). The departure of Steele prompted several replacement bass players, the last of which was Jackie Fox (b. Jacqueline Fuchs, 20...
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