Episode 88- Music Great Suzi Quatro

Open up any rock biography and we challenge you not to find a reference to the groundbreaking career of Suzi Quatro. Literally everyone who is anyone tips their bass to Suzi and her impact on music across the globe

The Detroit-born, bass playing, rocker is credited with opening the doors for the likes of Blondie, the Go Gos, the Runaways and pretty much every one of her contemporaries.

We had the honor of chatting with Suzi last week as she prepared for the launch of the new documentary about her life thus far, Suzi Q. The film premieres this week and features, not only a who’s who of rock icons such as Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. The list goes on and on. One of the things that is most notable about the film is the genuine love and appreciation everyone featured has for Suzi. The documentary also features the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler. Because not only was Suzi tearing up the music scene, she also played the one and only Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days.

We talked to Suzi about her storied career and what it was like to be known throughout the world for her music yet back at home to be primarily known for her time on TV. She was extremely open and forthright in telling her stories and the motivations that drove her to pursue her dreams and never stop.

Our conversation was fun and fascinating. We must say, it’s also the perfect motivator for anyone who is questioning whether or not to keep forging ahead on what seems to be an unlikely path to success. She talked to us about her relationships with her family growing up and the struggles of breaking the mold. These relationships are shown openly in the film even in a sometimes, painful light, which adds to how captivating Suzi is to everyone she meets.

Suzi told us stories of her proudest moments and who inspires her, as well as some of the kindest things her friends (a.k.a. Debbie Harry) have said about her. She also shared what her response was to such niceties. It’s definitely worth hearing.

Suzi’s career shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to the film, she has a new album she produced with her son, a film script and book on the way and so much more.

If you aren’t familiar with Suzi’s work, it’s time to dive into her catalogue of hits such as Can the Can, The Wild One and that little duet Stumblin’ In that dominated here in the U.S.

To check out the film’s digital premiere click here. To check out some videos of some of her greatest live performances, visit her YouTube channel here. To see video excerpts of some highlights from our interview with Suzi check out our YouTube channel here. If you’re longing for one more jam with Leather Tuscadero, here’s a clip for your fancy complete with a cameo performance by Joanie Cunningham herself.

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