1958 – Rock siren Lita Ford (“Kiss Me Deadly”) is born in London this day

Lita Ford

1958 – Rock siren Lita Ford (“Kiss Me Deadly”) is born in London this day in rock!

Just kiss me once…maybe twice…. ok… bring it on.

Lita Ford (born September 23, 1958) is an American rock musician and singer who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways and achieved popularity for her solo career during the 1980s.

Biography

Early life

Ford was born Lita Rosanna Ford to a British father, and an Italian mother in London, England. She moved with her family to the United States at age 4. She began playing the guitar at age 11. Her vocal range is that of a mezzo-soprano.

In 1975 at the age of 17 she joined the all-female rock band The Runaways, for whom she played lead guitar.

Solo career

After the group folded in 1979, she began a solo career. Her first two albums, Out for Blood and Dancin’ on the Edge were moderately successful. Out For Blood featured the single “Out For Blood”. Her next album Dancin’ on the Edge was even more successful. It featured the single “Fire in my Heart” which reached the top 10 in several countries. The next single “Gotta Let Go” was one of Ford’s biggest hits. It reached number one on the Mainstream Rock charts.

Ford toured extensively and made several guest appearances on TV shows for the next four years, but had no releases; a follow-up to Dancin’ on the Edge, titled The Bride Wore Black, was abandoned and never released due to the fact Ford did not like the production of the album and this upset the head of her record label causing Ford to switch from Mercury Records to RCA Records. By the time Ford returned again, the lighter pop-metal she had long favored had broken through to mainstream audiences, which set the stage for her most commercially successful album, 1988’s Lita. With Sharon Osbourne as her manager, and again produced by herself, the album featured four commercial hits, including the #1 “Kiss Me Deadly”, #9 “Back to the Cave”, #2 “Close My Eyes Forever”, and #3 “Falling In and Out of Love” (co-written with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe). The ballad “Close My Eyes Forever,” was a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. It was also her only Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit, reaching #8.

Her next release was called Stilleto. It featured the singles “Hungry” and “Lisa”; which was dedicated to her mother. However this album was not as successful as Dancin’ on the Edge and Lita.

Ford’s next release was Dangerous Curves. Ford’s last release would be with ZYX Records and would be titled Black. It failed to repeat the success of 1991’s Dangerous Curves.

Ford was asked by VH-1 to be in the cast of “The Surreal Life” for its 7th season, in 2007. She declined.

During her solo years, she was an endorsee of B.C. Rich guitars and used Mockingbird and Bich double-neck models.

In mid June 2008, Ford and her new solo band played several warm up gigs prior to Rocklahoma under the name Kiss Me Deadly in the New York City area.

Personal life

Ford was married to Chris Holmes (from W.A.S.P.) from June 1990 to July 1991. She has been romantically involved with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Hurricane / ASIA drummer Jay Schellen, and Jimmy Tavis of Lostboys, Odin and The Anti Social. Currently, she is married to Jim Gillette, of the band Nitro. With him she has two sons, with their first son having been born on Jim and Lita’s third wedding anniversary.

Tributes

An achievement in the Xbox 360 version of the game Guitar Hero II, is titled the “Joan & Lita Award” in tribute to Lita and Joan Jett. It is awarded to two players who can get a 100 note streak in cooperative mode.

The song Kiss Me Deadly was covered in a Compilation album called Metalliska. The song was covered by Reel Big Fish.

Rocklahoma 2008

For the first time in 15 years, Lita Ford will be taking the stage in her only North American appearance at Rocklahoma, in Pryor, Oklahoma, on Saturday, July 12th. Her new band is drummer Stet Howland (Wasp), Guitarist Tom Cavanagh (Bent Pussycat/Almost Queen), Teddy Cook (Dio) and Michael T. Ross (Angel/XYZ).

Discography

Studio albums
Year     Title     Chart positions     RIAA Certification
US     UK
1983     Out For Blood     #-     #-     RIAA: –
1984     Dancin’ on the Edge     #65     #119     RIAA: –
1988     Lita     #29     #58     RIAA: Platinum
1990     Stiletto     #52     #75     RIAA: –
1991     Dangerous Curves     #139     #123     RIAA: –
1995     Black     #-     #-     RIAA: –

Compilation albums

* Greatest Hits (1999)
* Greatest Hits Live (2000)
* Platinum and Gold Collection – The Best of Lita Ford (2004)

Other appearances

* “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with Twisted Sister on A Twisted Christmas (2006)
* “I Want To Be Loved” with LOU on The Other Side (2005)

Singles
Year     Title     Chart positions     Album
US     US Mainstream Rock     UK
1983     “Out For Blood”     –     –     –     Out For Blood
1983     “Dressed To Kill”     –     –     –     Dancin’ On The Edge
1984     “Fire in my Heart”     –     –     –     Dancin’ On The Edge
1984     “Gotta Let Go”     –     –     #94     Dancin’ On The Edge
1988     “Kiss Me Deadly”     #12     #40     #75     Lita
1988     “Back To The Cave”     –     #22     –     Lita
1989     “Close My Eyes Forever” (with Ozzy Osbourne)     #8     #25     #47     Lita
1989     “Falling In And Out Of Love”     –     #37     –     Lita
1990     “Hungry”     #98     #14     #76     Stiletto
1990     “Lisa”     –     –     –     Stiletto
1991     “Shot Of Poison”     #45     #21     #63     Dangerous Curves
1992     “Playing With Fire”     –     –     –     Dangerous Curves
1992     “Larger Than Life”     –     –     –     Dangerous Curves
1995     “Killin’ Kind”     –     –     –     Black

Tours

* 1981 – Queens of Rock Tour with Joan Jett and Sandy West
* 1982 – Rulers of Metal Tour with Black Sabbath
* 1983 – Out For Blood Tour with Scandal, Wes Luthor, and Tony Schladora
* 1984 – Dressed To Kill Tour with Anthrax, The Johnson Brothers Band, Skillet, Metal Mania
* 1985 – South and Central America Tour with Soundgarden
* 1986 – Wild Tour with several local bands opening at different venues
* 1986 – Metal Rulz Tour with Poison, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne.

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