Suzie Quatro was born and raised in Detroit. Her father, Art, was a semi-professional Jazz musician and worked at General Motors. he would moonlight in the clubs with his band the “Art Quatro Trio”
After she saw Elvis on TV at the age of 5 Suzie decided Rock and roll was the path, she learned to play drums with her father’s band, then as a teenager her father gave her a 1957 Fender Precision Bass. After that, with a couple of her sisters they formed an all female garage band called the Pleasure Seekers
Many of their performances were focused more on their physical looks than their actual music. They sometimes had to wear miniskirts and wigs, which Quatro said this to be necessary evils in the pursuit of success. in 69 The pleasure seekers broke up after one of the girls quit to raise her children
But this didn’t stop Suzi, she moved to England in 1971 and started writing. She came back to America 2 years later with her biggest hit as a solo artist.
Suzie says about her success “Before I did what I did, we didn’t have a place in rock ‘n’ roll. Not really. You had your Grace Slick and all that, but that’s not what I did. I was the first to be taken seriously as a female rock ‘n’ roll musician and singer. That hadn’t been done before. I played the boys at their own game. For everybody that came afterward, it was a little bit easier, which is good. I’m proud of that. If I have a legacy, that’s what it is. It’s nothing I take lightly. It was gonna happen sooner or later. It was gonna be done by somebody, and I think it fell to me to do because I don’t look at gender. I never have. It doesn’t occur to me if a 6-foot-tall guy wants to square up to me, I’ll take him on. That’s just the way I am. If I wanted to play a bass solo, it never occurred to me that I couldn’t. When I saw Elvis for the first time when I was 5, I decided I wanted to be him, and it didn’t occur to me that he was a guy. That’s why it had to fall to somebody like me
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