Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Biography
Joan Jett is a true American original. While still in her early teens, Joan, often called "the girl Elvis", founded the seminal all-girl rock group, The Runaways, whose hits such as "Cherry Bomb" made them an international sensation. She became the first woman in rock to own her own record label, Blackheart Records. There, her next group, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, became a staple in the Top 10 charts and claims the #28 song of all time, "I Love Rock n' Roll", which was number 1 on the Billboard charts for two months after 23 major record labels refused to give her a deal.
Joan starred in the Paul Schrader film Light Of Day, with Michael J. Fox, Jason Miller, Gena Rowlands, and Michael McKean. She appeared in Boogie Boy, an independent film by Pulp Fiction alums Craig Hamann and Roger Avary. Her "bad guy" credits include playing an evil immortal in the Highlander television series, and she played a contract killer and reached a pinnacle in action film when she got to fight a martial-arts battle to the death with the legendary Chuck Norris.
Joan will appear in the indie film The Sweet Life premiering at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. This romantic comedy, by the team that created The Substitute film series, will have Joan Jett and The Blackhearts singing the title song.
On Broadway, Joan was in the original cast of the hit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Joan Jett continues to be one of the most durable live concert attractions, and has set a standard for women in the industry.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were nominated for a Grammy Award "Best Rock Performance By A Group" for "I Hate Myself Of Loving You" in 1989.
No other woman in rock OWNS her masters and has controlled her own fate for so many years, after being rejected by the male controlled record industry. We still battle that.
In Billboard alone: 3 top ten records, and 7 other Billboard top 100 entries is absolutlely staggering.
That is very difficult to do on your own little label.
This does not even count:
Then there is Alice Cooper's world wide hit House of Fire, which Joan wrote, and three top ten rap tracks in Billboard (Big Daddy Kane, DJ S & S, Professor Griff) on her own label, as well as a number one metal album with Metal Church on Blackheart.
The count of successful Joan songs is here at 17, and that is not even complete. It does not include other Blackheart projects such as those mentioned and I Want Candy, by Bow Wow Wow, which is a "jett-lag" production.
Herb Albert, who started A & M records, did not have nearly that much.
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