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Lita Ford

Lita Rossana Ford (born 19 September 1958) is an English-born American rock guitarist, actress, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980s. Lita Ford was born to an English father and an Italian mother in London, England. When she was in second grade, she moved with her family to the United States, eventually settling in Long Beach, California. Inspired by Ritchie Blackmore's work with Deep Purple, she began playing the guitar at the age of 11. Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano. In 1975, at age 16, Ford was recruited by recording impresario Kim Fowley to join the all-female rock band he was assembling called the Runaways. The band soon secured a recording contract and released their first album in 1976. The band garnered significant media attention and The Runaways became a successful recording and touring act during their late 1970s heyday. Ford's lead-guitar playing became an integral element of the band's sound until their eventual break-up in April 1979. In 1977, internal conflicts were erupting within the Runaways, who had by that time already parted ways with producer Fowley, lead singer Cherie Currie, and bassist Jackie Fox. Vocalist/guitarist Joan Jett wanted the band to shift to a more Ramones-influenced punk rock sound, while Ford and drummer Sandy West wanted to continue playing the hard rock-oriented songs the band had become known for. With neither faction willing to compromise, the band finally broke up in April 1979. (Wikipedia)

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Sep 19, 1958 In London, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Runaways Live in Japan 1977-06-12
Latest Project:
Movie The Rainbow 2019-10-26
Known For
Poster of Girls in Bands at the BBC
Poster of That Metal Show
Poster of Highway to Hell
Poster of Herman's Head
Movie The Rainbow Herself 2019-10-26
Movie Girls in Bands at the BBC 2015-10-30
Movie Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line Herself 2015-10-30
Movie The Joy of the Guitar Riff Herself 2014-07-18
Movie The Life, Blood and Rhythm of Randy Castillo Narrator 2014-11-01
Series That Metal Show Unknown 2008-11-15
Movie Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways herself 2004-10-07
Movie Lita Ford - Complete Video Collection Herself 2003-09-30
Series I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003-10-21
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Series Herman's Head Herself 1991-09-08
Movie Highway to Hell The Hitchhiker 1991-11-21
Movie Hard 'N Heavy Volume 9 Herself 1990-01-01
Movie Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey Herself 1990-11-20
Movie Hard 'N Heavy Volume 11 Herself 1990-01-01
Movie The Runaways Live in Japan Self 1977-06-12