Joan Jettwas born on September 22, 1958, in the Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is known as an American rock singer, guitarist, producer, and actress. She is best known for her single hit, I Love Rock and Roll. The single went to number 1 on the Billboard Charts from March to May of 1982. Some of her other very popular hits were, Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna’ Touch me, Light Of Day, I Hate Myself for Loving You, Little Liar, and Love Is All Around.
At the tender age of 15, Joan ran away from home after she received a phone call from her boyfriend and found out that he was sleeping with her mother. She helped form the group, The Runaways. Kim Fowley, Sandy West, Kari Krome, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie completed the band. Micki Steele and Jackie Fox eventually replaced Kari Krome. Currie and Joan sang lead vocals. Joan wrote or co-wrote much of the band’s material. They recorded five LP’s together and one of them became the best selling imports in the United States and in the U. K. History. They toured all over the world and some of their opening acts were Van Halen, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick, and The Vanden Dungen band. They had success everywhere they went, especially in japan. They were popular in Europe, japan, Australia, Canada, and South America. They did not achieve as much success in America as they did in the other countries. The group After Currie and Fox left the band, they were replaced with Laurie McAllister and Vicki Blue. The they released five albums between 1975 and 1979 as The Runaways, before they broke up. Joan went on to pursue a solo career in England. She recorded 3 songs with Paul Cook and Steve Jones. Later that year she moved to Los Angeles where she starred in a film based on the bands career. The film was called, We’re All Crazy Now. The film project was stopped about half way through it. Joan and Kenny Laguna began working together and started their own record label, Blackheart records. They did this after 28 record companies rejected their material. Joan was the first female to ever start her own record label.
Joan had her first appearance on film in 1981 and during the 1990's she appeared in several television shows such as, Ellen, and the television show, The Highlander, Her song, Bad reputation was the theme song for the cult television show, Freaks and Geeks., and also for the Sirius Satellite radio Show, Whatever With Alexis and Jennifer. A version of the song, Bad reputation, was also used on the film, Shrek. Joan is opening on eight American shows on Aerosmith’s 2007 World Tour.
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