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Music Storytellers - VOL 8 - LITA FORD
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Lita Ford - Lita Ford’s band The Runaways released their self-titled debut album in 1976. With their punkish sound, provocative stage outfits and rebellious lyrics, the band shocked many in the rock world. After the Runaways broke up in 1979, Ford pushed the envelope again by breaking into the traditionally male genre of heavy metal, finding success in the 1980s with songs such as “Kiss Me Deadly.”
After The Runaways broke up in 1979, Ford branched out on her own. She continued to push the envelope, trying to break into the traditionally male genre of heavy metal. In 1983, Ford released her first solo album, Out for Blood, in 1983. This first recording failed to catch on, but she started to build a following with her next few efforts.
Born on September 19, 1958, in London, England, Ford learned to play guitar around the age of 10 or 11. She joined her first band as a teenager, performing at local parties in Long Beach, California. In 1975, Ford auditioned for what would become the all-girl rock band The Runaways. She impressed guitarist and vocalist Joan Jett and drummer Sandy West with her musical skills, and they made her the group's lead guitarist. Cherie Curie served as the group's lead singer and Jackie Fox played the bass.
The Runaways released their self-titled debut album in 1976. With their punkish sound, provocative stage outfits, and rebellious lyrics, the band shocked and confused many in the rock world. Other bands and some critics did not take them seriously because of their young age and their gender. The group was groundbreaking for the time, and American audiences weren't sure what to make of them. In Japan, however, The Runaways enjoyed some success.
Ford had her greatest success to date with 1988's Lita, which featured four hits, including "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Falling In and Out of Love." She broke into the pop top ten with the ballad "Close My Eyes Forever"—a duet with former Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne. She released a few more albums, but she did not achieve the same level of success.
For a time, Ford stepped out of the spotlight. She married Jim Gillette from the band Nitro in 1994. (Ford had been previously married to W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes.) The couple eventually had two sons together, and Ford devoted herself to her family. She home-schooled her children for a number of years.
In 2009, Ford released her first studio album in more than a decade. She had worked on Wicked Wonderland with her husband. That same year, Ford returned to touring, appearing with the heavy metal band Queensryche.
Ford also attracted some attention for her past efforts in 2010 as a film about her former group, The Runaways, was released. Scout Taylor-Compton played a fictionalized version of Ford in the movie. The filmmakers did not secure the rights to Ford's life story. In interviews, Ford has ruled any possible reunion with her former bandmates.
In early 2011, news broke that Ford and her husband had split after 16 years together. She, however, found some inspiration in her personal difficulties. Ford's "really ugly divorce" has informed some of the songs on her next album, The Healing, which she hopes to release soon
Source - http://www.biography.com/people/lita-ford-17169494?page=2
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