Lita Ford

Lita Ford

Rock singer
Date of Birth: 23.09.1958
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Lita Ford
  2. Early Musical Journey
  3. The Runaways and Solo Career
  4. Later Career and Personal Life

Biography of Lita Ford

Lita Ford is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known as the former lead guitarist of the band The Runaways. She gained fame in the mid-80s to early 90s with her solo work, which gradually evolved from heavy metal to a blend of heavy metal, glam, and mainstream. Lita Ford was born in London to a British mother of Italian descent and an American father of Mexican descent, who met during World War II. At the age of 4, Lita Ford moved with her family to Long Beach, California, USA.

Lita Ford

Early Musical Journey

At the age of 11, Lita received her first guitar with nylon strings and began teaching herself to play by listening to her favorite records. With the help of her parents, who made her practice even when she was lazy, Lita honed her skills. At 13, she attended her first rock concert, Black Sabbath, and was so impressed that she knew from that moment on that she wanted to pursue a career in music. She continued to learn songs by Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath while working in a hospital to save up money for a Gibson SG, the same guitar as Tony Iommi's.

During her school years, Lita played bass in a band with classmates who shared her musical tastes. Rumors about Lita's talent reached renowned producer Kim Fowley, who was forming a girl group that would play rock and roll while dressed in leather and lingerie. He contacted Lita and offered her a spot in the band, but Lita informed him that she played not only bass but also lead guitar. This position was not already taken, and Kim Fowley decided that they already had a bassist. Seventeen-year-old Lita received full support from her parents and joined the band named The Runaways.

The Runaways and Solo Career

Initially, The Runaways was formed without Kim Fowley's involvement, with guitarist Joan Jett (later known as a songwriter working with various artists), bassist Micki Steele (later a member of The Bangles), and drummer Sandy West. Kim Fowley took the group as the foundation for his idea, and in 1976, the band signed a contract with Mercury Records. Initially, things did not go smoothly for Lita in the band as she wanted to play heavier music and even left the group. However, after being convinced by Kim Fowley, who was impressed by Lita's skills, she returned. The band released four albums and toured with bands such as Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, and Van Halen. The Runaways disbanded in 1979 due to disagreements between the producer and band members.

After the breakup of The Runaways, Lita left the music industry and worked various jobs such as selling men's cologne, working at a gas station, and being a fitness instructor. This continued until she met Eddie Van Halen, who convinced her to pursue music seriously and not bury her talent. After unsuccessful attempts to find a vocalist, Lita Ford decided to sing herself, recalling the days of garage jams. In 1983, Ford signed a contract with Mercury Records and debuted with the album "Out for Blood." Although the album had limited success, her second album, "Dancin' on the Edge," was more successful. Lita Ford went on tour, including to the UK, where she was remembered from her days in The Runaways. In the following years, she collaborated with various artists and released albums that achieved moderate success.

Later Career and Personal Life

In 1995, Lita Ford released the album "Black," which showcased a heavier sound compared to her previous releases and a transition from heavy metal to blues and grunge. After this album, she took a break from releasing new studio albums to focus on raising her children. However, she continued to be involved in music, recording tracks for concert albums and participating in various projects. In recent years, Lita Ford has appeared on television shows such as "Before They Were Stars" and "Top 100 Women in Rock."

Throughout her career, Lita Ford preferred to play B.C. Rich guitars. She has received numerous accolades, including being named the Most Notable Woman #1 by Metal Edge magazine and the Best Female Rock Artist by Circus Magazine in 1992. She was also the only woman inducted into the Circus Magazine Hall of Fame in 1990. Lita Ford has been married to Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.) and Jim Gillette (former vocalist of Nitro) and has two children.