, into a musical family
- her father Art led a jazz
band, brother Michael became a composer, and sister Patti was in Fanny
, an early-70s flamenco
-rock group. Suzi (a bass
ist and singer
) was discovered in Detroit by British
pop svengali Mickie Most
, and she became grist for the pop
production/songwriting mill of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, a rock cartoon
dressed in black leather
, wailing tunes like "48 Crash", "Can the Can", "Devil Gate Drive", and "The Wild One". Good stuff nonetheless, but some Blondie
fans balked at the ascension of Commander Chapman to the producer's chair of their NYC faves (it all worked out fine, though).
All Suzi's successes were in Britain. There were attempts over the years to hype her into Stateside success, most notably her 1977 stint on Happy Days, as Fonzie's friend Leather Tuscadero, sister of Pinky. IIRC, this gave her an opportunity to sing a song or two from the upcoming album, whatever that may have been. It didn't work. But her UK iconic status has remained sufficiently intact over the years, that she could appear in one of Edina's dream sequences on Absolutely Fabulous.