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Joan Jett is an American rock singer, guitarist and song-writer, best known for her work with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She is considered a musical icon, often cited as being the Queen of Rock and Roll.
Jett formed the Blackhearts by placing an ad in the LA Weekly, stating that she was looking for ‘three good men’. Her search eventually led her to a local bass player called Gary Ryan, guitarist Eric Ambel and drummer Danny "Furious" O'Brien. The band began performing in the US, playing gigs in places such as the Golden Bear in California and The Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood. They soon embarked on a European tour, performing in countries such as the Netherlands and England. Upon returning to the US, Jett, Ryan, and Ambel moved to Long Beach, New York. O’Brien stayed in England and was soon replaced by drummer Lee Crystal.
After a year of recording, and another member replacement, the band released an album entitled ‘I Love Rock 'n' Roll’ for their new label Boardwalk Records. The album was a hit and the first single from the album, ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ was number one for an incredible seven weeks in a row. The song has sat among the Billboard's top 100 of all time.
A string of hits followed, all of which made it into the Top 40. The band also headlined a number of tours, all of which sold out due to high popularity. Collaborative tours with legends such as Aerosmith, Queen and The Police have reiterated the band's success.