Suzi Quatro Born June 3, 1950, 4th child out of 5, 4 girls one boy, in Detroit Michigan.
First instrument bongo’s aged 7, and performed with her fathers jazz band. She studied classical piano and percussion, and reads and write both instruments.
1964. aged 14, started first all girl band with her sister’s, teaching herself bass guitar. The Pleasure Seekers, sisters Patti on guitar, Arlene on Organ . Toured successfully for 8 years. Suzi was the main vocalist/ bass player, and focal point of band.
1969 they disbanded and reformed as Cradle, adding baby sister Nancy as main vocalist. Suzi took a back seat, playing bass and only singing lead on a few songs . They wrote their own material.
1971 Mickie Most saw the band in Detroit, and immediately offered Suzi a solo contract.
In October , 1971 , she flew to London to begin recording. Success did not come immediately.
1972, Suzi formed her first English band. They went on the road and were the support group on Slade’s first nationwide tour, performing Suzi’s original material.
Mickie Most got his new signing to Rak, hit songwriting team, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, to go see a show, with the possibility of writing Suzi a hit single based around her own material.
Can the Can, a number 1 in many countries around the word, was the result, which went onto sell 2 and half million singles .
Between 1973 and 1980 she featured in the British charts for 101 weeks and has sold over 55 million records to date.
1977, Suzi began a 3 year stint as Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days opposite the Fonz. She has also appeared in Minder with Denis Waterman, Dempsey and Makepeace, Midsumer Murders, and Absolutely Fabulous
1986, she starred in the West End as Annie Oakley in ‘Annie Get your Gun’, to great critical acclaim.
1988 She hosted her own t.v. talk show for a year, ‘Gas Street’.
1989, the first Western act to go to Russia once Glastnost had begun, playing to over half a million people.
1991, She wrote the music and lyrics for, ‘ Talullah Who?’ (Talullah Bankheaad), with Shirlie Roden, book by Willie Rushton and played the leading role, and again, great critical acclaim.
1999 Suzi began her career on BBC radio 2, latest ongoing series, Quatrophonic, and was nominated for music broadcaster of the year at the Sony Radio awards in 2006
1999 Suzi was honoured on ‘this is your life’, begin caught out at the end of her concert at the London Palladium.
2006 Suzi wrote and released her autobiography UNZIPPED.
She made an appearance alongside Charles Dance in the West End in Exonerated.
2012 Suzi turned her autobiography into a one woman show, performing at London’s Hippodrome, and again at the BBC live theatre for radio 2, broadcast as a 2 hour Christmas special in 2014 to celebrate her 50 years in the business. After one announcement on the radio there were 5000 requests for tickets.
2013 Suzi received a lifetime achievement award in her home town Detroit, and became a member of the Michigan Rock and Roll hall of fame, performing at the ceremony live for the first time in the USA in over 20 years.
She also received the woman of valour award at meow in Austin Texas and again, perfomed live.
2015 Suzi did a sell out ‘final’ tour of Australia
2017 Suzi did her Leather Forever encore tour in Australia, selling out again, even Sydney Opera House!
She has promised never to use the F word (final) again!
Oct , 2017 Suzi will headline an Arena tour in the UK .
She has recently published a book of poetry THROUGH MY EYES.
Her first novel THE HURRICAN is due out May 2017.
Her new super group, with band mates Andy Scott (Sweet guitarist) and Don Powell (Slade drummer), have made a new album QSP , which was released on Sony just for Suzi’s last Australia tour. Quatro Scott and Powell opened the show, so, Suzi supported herself!
The album got to number 23 in the charts. It will be out in the rest of the world in September , 2017.
Best of all, Oct 2016, Suzi was made an honorary doctor of music, receiving her award in cap and gown at Cambridge University.
Her thrust is entertaining, making people happy, communicating. And most important continuing to ‘create’. She has an extensive ‘bucket list’ and is slowly working her way down. And in her own words.
“I will retire when I go on stage, shake my ass, and there is silence.