Joan Marie Larkin aka as Joan Jett turned 64 today.
Been described as “the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Godmother of Punk”, Jett is best known for her work as the frontwoman of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and for earlier found and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song “Cherry Bomb”. She was 16 when founded the Runaways.
With the Blackhearts, Jett is famous for her rendition of the song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” which was number-one on the ððªððð£ð°ð¢ð³ð¥ Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982. Her other notable songs include “Bad Reputation”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and her covers of “Crimson and Clover” and “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”. In 2015, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jett was an executive producer for the film The Runaways (2010), which chronicled the Runaways’ career.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts released Changeup in March 2022, the first acoustic album ever recorded by the band, featuring “Bad Reputation” and “Crimson and Clover”.
Jett lives in Long Beach, New York, and has been a New York resident since the late 1970s.
Happy birthday, the “Original Riot Grrrl”!
â¢ Read also BAD REPUTATION.
Featured image via Larry Busacca.