Happy Birthday To The Queen Of Metal

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lita ford 1 Happy Birthday To The Queen Of Metal

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This Sunday is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lita Ford[/lastfm]‘s birthday!!

And to honor the rocker on her big day, Jack FM will go to a party, not get laid and get into a fight.

Wait… we do that every night.  Never mind.  We’ll just have cake and ice cream instead.

She is living proof that chicks can indeed rock.

Born Carlita Fordson, Lita Ford was just four years old when her family moved from England to the United States.  She began playing the guitar at an early age, and when she was 16, she joined the all-girl rock band, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Runaways[/lastfm].

With Lita as their lead guitarist, The Runaways released four studio albums and were best known for the single, “Cherry Bomb.”  But after four short years together, The Runaways called it quits in 1979 after disagreements over the band’s musical direction.

Lita Ford continued her music career as a solo artist.  In 1983, she released her debut album, Out For Blood.  It was a commercial disappointment.  Her next album, 1984’s Dancin’ on the Edge, fared slightly better.  That album peaked at #66 on the Billboard 200.  The single, “Fire in My Heart,” was a Top 10 hit in several countries, while “Gotta Let Go” went to #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.

For the next few years, Lita toured extensively and also made guest appearances on numerous TV shows.  In 1988, she released her most commercially successful album, Lita.  With a light pop-metal sound that appealed to music fans everywhere, Lita sold over one million copies and reached #29 on the charts.  The album’s first single, “Kiss Me Deadly,” peaked at #12 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and is Jack’s Song of the Day.  It also came in at #76 on VH1’s list of the Best Hard Rock Songs of All Time.  But Lita‘s biggest surprise was “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Ozzy Osbourne[/lastfm].  The power ballad went all the way to #8, becoming Lita’s only Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 chart.

Since then, Lita Ford has released four studio albums, most recently 2009’s Wicked Wonderland.  However, none have come close to matching the commercial success of Lita.  In May 2011, Lita promised a “real comeback album” later in the year.  She said, “alot of people have told me that they want a real Lita album, and I know what they mean.  They are going to get it.”

Lita Ford continues to tour and will melt faces this Saturday night at the Glass Cactus in Grapevine with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Skid Row[/lastfm].

Remember the video for “Close My Eyes Forever?”  Jack FM can’t decide who had the bigger hair: Lita or Ozzy.  You be the judge.

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