Back in the sixties, there was a sub-culture of several garage band in Detroit. One of these bands were the Pleasure Seekers, an all-women band containing sister Suzi Quatro and Patti Quatro, Nancy Ball, Mary Lou Ball, and Diane Baker.
First Pleasure Seekers Album in 1965
The Pleasure Seekers released their first record in 1965, when Suzi Quatro and her sister Patti Quatro were 15 and 17 years old, respectively, on the Hideout label. Both sides of their first single – “Never Thought You’d Leave Me” b/w “What a Way to Die” – have some prominence;
“Never Thought You’d Leave Me” is really a great song. You’ve got to dig the surf and alternative grooves these girls deliver. Especially the fact these girls were only fifteen and seventeen years old really amazes me. The red thread in this song is the harmonic guitar lick which keeps returning throughout the song.
Watch The Pleasure Seekers Video “Never Thought You’d Leave Me” below!
Inspiring women in music history
In music history, there are so many amazing women like Sister Rosetta Tharpe Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Billy Holiday and on and on, who all influenced the generation after them. But in the sixties, these girls brought a new crazy sound and therefore I do admire them.
Inspiration for new Garage bands
According to Suzi Quatro in her memoir Unzipped, the sisters searched through the dictionary for a name for their band and on coming across “hedonist” used the definition “pleasure seeker” to come up with “The Pleasure Seekers”.
Photo By Promotional Photograph [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons