Let’s go back to the 1980s. We all know Lita Ford, vocalist and guitarist. Long blonde hair. BC Rich guitars. Lita Ford rocked!
We can go back all the way to the 1970s with The Runaways. Lita Ford joined the band at the age of 16 and co-wrote some rocking tunes. Unfortunately, a conflict of direction emerged between Joan Jett, who wanted the band to be more punk, and Lita Ford and Sandy West, who wanted the band to be more hard rock. So they split up in 1979.
Lita Ford’s solo career
Which is a good thing, because Lita Ford had a pretty good solo career that got a lot of chicks in the 80s into Metal. She released an album in 1983 and one in 1984, but the one that really stands out is the one that had “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever” on it. That was released in 1988 and simply called Lita. And that album rocked.
Lita, the 1988 album, went on to reach Platinum status. As some of our staff are geezers, they remember the hits from that album and how big they were. Everyone knew Lita Ford. Everyone. If anyone asked “who is the #1 chick in Metal?,” everyone would say Lita Ford.
Lita Ford was the precursor of something we see commonly today – a woman who can both belt out vocals and play a mean guitar at the same time. She played lead guitars pretty well. We all remember seeing her with her familiar BC Rich guitars.
So we all owe her gratitude. Thank you for paving the way. We all owe you.
For the younger folks who haven’t heard her music, we’ll leave a video. This one is a duet with Ozzy Osbourne from the 1988 album Lita. As mentioned above, this album went Platinum. Any teenager who was cool back then loved this song.
Photo credit – Zoran Veselinovic. Licensed CC 2.0