Suzi Quatro – Biography
Born on the 3rd of June 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, Suzi Quatro’s birth name is Susan Kay Quatro. She came from a family of musicians. Her Italian father Art was a part-time jazz musician while her mother, Helen Sanislay, was Hungarian. She is the first female bass player to become a major rock star. This broke a barrier to women’s participation in rock music.
Suzi Quatro’s career took off in a big way during the Seventies with a string of hit singles. These hits however found greater success in Europe and Australia than in her homeland. Things took a change when Quatro took a recurring role as a female bass player on the popular American sitcom Happy Days. Her duet “Stumblin’ In” with Chris Norman reached number 4 in the USA.
Besides rock music, Quatro was also involved in acting and radio hosting. She has a role as female bass player Leather Tuscadero on the television show Happy Days and the character she played returned in many other cameo appearance.
Other acting roles include a 1982 episode of the British comedy-drama series Minder (called “Dead Men Do Tell Tales”) as Nancy, the singer girlfriend of Terry (Dennis Waterman).
In 1985, she starred as a mentally disturbed ex-MI5 operative in Dempsey and Makepeace – “Love you to Death”.
In 1994, she made a cameo appearance as a nurse in the “Hospital” episode of the comedy Absolutely Fabulous. She also was filmed in the 1990 Clive Barker horror film Nightbreed, but the studio cut out her character.
In 2006, Quatro performed the voice of Rio in the Bob the Builder film Built to Be Wild, and appeared in an episode of the second season of Rock School, in Lowestoft. She also appeared in the episode “The Axeman Cometh” of Midsomer Murders alongside Phil Davis in the role of Mimi Clifton.
Between 1973 and 1980 Quatro was awarded six Bravo Ottos. In 2010 she was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame. Quatro has sold over 50 million records and continues to perform live, worldwide.
Her most recent album was released in 2011 and she also continues to research/present new radio programs.