Joan Jett

Joan Jett
Jett smiling toward the camera
Jett in 2013
Background information
Birth nameJoan Marie Larkin
Born (1958-09-22) September 22, 1958 (age 62)
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • musician
  • record producer
  • actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1975–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitejoanjett.com
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Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958)[1] is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, and actress. Jett is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song "Cherry Bomb". With The Blackhearts, Jett is known for her rendition of the song "I Love Rock 'n Roll" which was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982.[2] Jett's other notable songs include "Bad Reputation", "Crimson and Clover", "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)", "Light of Day", "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "Dirty Deeds".

Jett has a mezzo-soprano vocal range.[3] She has three albums that have been certified platinum or gold.[4][5][6] She has been described as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. In 2015, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7]

Jett lives in Long Beach, New York, and has been a New York resident since the late 1970s.[8][9]

  1. ^ Fricke, David (April 24, 2015). "Joan Jett: Built to Rock". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Joan Jett". All Music Guide via VH1. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Summer Celebration review: Joan Jett". MLive.com. June 26, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Martin, Bill (2002). Pro Secrets Of Heavy Rock Singing. Sanctuary Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-86074-437-2.
  5. ^ "10 great feminist anthems". Time Out New York. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "What the Press is Saying". Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  7. ^ McDonald, Soraya (December 16, 2014). "Joan Jett, Bill Withers, Lou Reed and Green Day among those to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Doyle, Heather (April 8, 2015). "Long Beach's Joan Jett to Be Inducted to Rock Hall of Fame". Long Beach Patch. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Fischler, Marcelle (August 5, 2007). "Her Life Is a Punk-Rock Workout, and That's the Way She Likes It". NY Times. Retrieved February 8, 2019.