- Steve Waksman
Rock group formed in 1975 in Los Angeles, California. The group’s core members included Joan Jett (Joan Marie Larkin; b Wynnewood, PA, 22 Sept 1958; vocals and guitar), Cherie Currie (b Encino, CA, 30 Nov 1959; vocals), Lita Ford (Carmelita Rossana Ford; b London, England, 19 Sept 1958, guitar), Sandy West (Sandy Pesavento; b Long Beach, CA, 10 July 1959; d San Dimas, CA, 21 Oct 2006; drums), and Jackie Fox (Jacqueline Louise Fuchs; b 20 Dec 1959; bass guitar). The Runaways were formed through the intervention of manager Kim Fowley, a veteran of the Los Angeles music scene. Fowley engineered a meeting between Jett and West, and the rest of the lineup fell into place through a series of auditions and chance meetings in California clubs, notably Rodney’s Bingenheimer’s English Disco, owned by Fowley’s close associate. The group drew attention as one of the few bands of the era with an all-female lineup and one dedicated to a style of hard rock that teetered between the genres of heavy metal and punk and was more commonly associated with male performers. They released four albums and had their greatest success in Japan, but also toured extensively within the United States. The stresses of touring and recording led Fox and Currie to leave the group in ...