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Groupies were more than just the sex that came with music stardom — they were muses who left their marks all over the history of rock music.

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Pamela Des Barres

Pamela Des Barres, one of the inspirations behind the movie Almost Famous.

Des Barres hooked up with Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, and countless others before memorializing it all in a memoir called I'm With The Band.

Pamela Des Barres with Alice Cooper. Los Angeles, California, 1974.

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Pamela Des Barres

In 1973, 25-year-old Pamela Des Barres was dating Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.

But on June 3, the couple attended an after party at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco on the Sunset Strip — and Page left with teenager Lori Maddox.

Los Angeles, California, June 3, 1973.

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The "Baby Groupies"

Underage groupies pose in front of Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco.

This was a well-known place for rockers to pick up "baby groupies": underaged girls, some as young as 12, waiting to become a rock star's prey.

Los Angeles, California, 1974.

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The "Baby Groupies"

Led Zeppelin's limo drives away from Rodney Bingenheimer's, packed full of underaged girls.

Los Angeles, California. 1972.

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The "Baby Groupies"

The scene at Rodney Bingenheimer's club was loud, colorful, and young. And by 1973, it became so well-known that NBC news anchor Tom Snyder ventured there to interview the clubbers as they danced through the night.

American DJ Chuck E Starr (second left) with groupies at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, circa 1973.

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The "Baby Groupies"

Rodney Bingenheimer poses with a couple of young groupies at his club. Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco became so popular that Bingenheimer himself would earn the nickname Mayor of the Sunset Strip.

Los Angeles, California, 1972.

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Lori Maddox

Fifteen-year-old Lori Maddox made headlines when she started dating Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

Page's relationship with the young girl was a scandal at the time, but he was hardly the first rocker to take an interest. Lori Maddox says she lost her virginity to David Bowie when she was even younger.

Lori Maddox with Jimmy Page. Los Angeles, California, June 3, 1973.

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Lori Maddox

Lori Maddox arrives at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco with Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Los Angeles, California, June 3, 1973.

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Lori Maddox

Maddox at Rodney Bingenheimer's with the members of Led Zeppelin and friend and fellow groupie Sable Starr.

Sable Starr, who had been sleeping with rockers since she was 12 years old, introduced Maddox to the groupie scene. Maddox says that, when Jimmy Page invited her over, Sable Starr threatened, "If you touch him, I will shoot you. He's mine."

Los Angeles, California. 1973.

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Lori Maddox

Lori Maddox and Sable Starr pose together with Slade guitarist Dave Hill.

Lori Maddox and Jimmy Page split up when she caught him in bed with another groupie, Bebe Buell.

Los Angeles, California, 1973.

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Lori Maddox

The end of Lori Maddox's relationship with Jimmy Page wouldn't mean the end of Maddox's days as a groupie. She'd spend the next few years of her life moving through the biggest names on the music scene at other clubs on the Sunset Strip.

Lori Maddox (second right) among a group of female clubbers at the Whisky a Go Go.

West Hollywood, California, 1975.

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Lori Maddox

Lori Maddox with New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain backstage at the Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard.

West Hollywood, California, 1975.

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Sable Starr

Sable Starr, the best-known of the "baby groupies," with Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls.

Iggy Pop would write about his flings with Sable Starr and the moment she left him for Thunders in his song "Look Away":

I slept with Sable when she was 13,
Her parents were too rich to do anything,
She rocked her way around L.A.,
'Til a New York Doll carried her away…"

New York City, New York, circa 1970s.

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Sable Starr

Sable Starr (left) with New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane in Los Angeles, circa 1973. Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Sable Starr

By the 1980s, Sable Starr was starting to move on with her life. Johnny Thunders often beat her brutally, and the dark realities of being a child groupie came out in public.

"He tried to destroy my personality," Starr would later say. "After I was with him, I just wasn't Sable Starr anymore."

Sable Starr with Stiv Bators. Los Angeles, California, circa 1980s.

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The "Redlands" Groupies

A pack of groupies greet Brian Jones as he steps out of court.

Jones had been caught with these women and a stash of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines.

United Kingdom, 1967.

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Hamburg Groupies

Rock and roll groupies weren't limited to America and England though. Here, Alice Cooper poses with several groupies after a concert at Hamburg Reeperbahn, Germany, 1970s.Helmut Reiss/United Archives via Getty Images

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Cynthia Plaster Caster

Cynthia Albritton, best known as Cynthia Plaster Caster, was immortalized in the Kiss song named after her and her strange hobby: She developed a reputation for not only sleeping with rock stars, but for keeping plaster molds of the band members' members.

Here, Cynthia Plaster Caster clings tightly to a box filled with her collection.

Chicago, Illinois, 1969.

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Bebe Buell

Bebe Buell, the mother of Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler.

Steven Tyler wasn't Buell's only love. She claims to have hooked up with everyone from Elvis Costello to Mick Jagger to Rod Stewart.

Bebe Buell with Stiv Bators. Los Angeles, California, 1979.

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Bebe Buell

For years after she was born in 1977, Liv Tyler thought her father was Todd Rundgren, pictured here with Tyler's mother Bebe Buell.

It wasn't until she met Steven Tyler when she was 10 or 11 and noticed a similarity that she asked her mother about the truth, which didn't become public until 1991.

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Knebworth, United Kingdom, August 1976.

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Nancy Spungen

Before she was Sid Vicious's girlfriend, Nancy Spungen was a groupie, following bands like the New York Dolls and the Ramones around the world. She ended up with Sid Vicious after Vicious' Sex Pistols bandmate Johnny Rotten turned her down.

The romance would cost Spungen her life. On October 12, 1978, Sid Vicious stabbed her to death with a knife in New York's Hotel Chelsea.

Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious. New York City, New York, 1978.

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Sex Pistols guitarist Paul Cook with two women.

Nancy Spungen wasn't the only groupie that followed the band around.

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Anita Pallenberg

Few groupies have affected music history as much as Anita Pallenberg.

When Pallenberg left Brian Jones for his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards, Jones sunk into depression and heavy drug abuse. Within a year of losing Pallenberg, he'd be kicked out the band.

Anita Pallenberg and Brian Jones. Munich, Germany, 1966.

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Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg with Keith Richards, the man she would eventually marry.

Richards and Pallenberg shared a love for heroin, which got them arrested in 1977 and nearly cost the Rolling Stones another guitarist.

London, England, 1969.

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Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg with Mick Jagger.

Jagger had The Rolling Stones album Beggars Banquet sent back for remixing when Pallenberg said it wasn't up to par. He also let her sing back-up on the album's best-known single, "Sympathy for the Devil."

Officially, Pallenberg denies ever having been with Mick Jagger.

London, England, 1968.

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Silky Gage

Lotti Golden with Silky Gage, a woman who has been called both her groupie and her muse.

Silky would be the inspiration for many of Golden's songs, such as "Silky Is Sad."

New York City, New York, 1969.

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Annette Walter-Lax

Annette Walter-Lax and Lori Maddox share The Who drummer Keith Moon's shoulders.

Walter-Lax was the last person with Keith Moon when he died. In his final moments, Moon asked Walter-Lax to cook him a meal and, when she refused, yelled, "If you don't like it, you can f--- off!"

He died of an overdose shortly after.

Los Angeles, California, 1974.

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Sweet Sweet Connie Hamzy

Not all American groupies were based in Los Angeles. For years, Connie Hamzy was the most famous groupie in Little Rock, Arkansas, who became associated with Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Bad Company, ZZ Top, and Grand Funk Railroad, which immortalized her in their 1973 song "We're An American Band":

Last night in Little Rock, put me in a haze
Sweet, sweet Connie, doin’ her act
She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact.

Connie Hamzy and Ringo Starr, 1989.

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The Butter Queen

And in Dallas, groupie Barbara Cope could be relied upon to show up backstage at any show.

But it was Cope's hotel antics that earned her a nickname so enduring that Robert pined for her onstage and The Rolling Stones mentioned it in a song: The Butter Queen.

Allegedly, while hanging out with The Partridge Family's David Cassidy, Cope called room service and asked for a pound of butter to be brought up to the suite. But to this day, no one has confirmed what she ever did with it. And Cope herself once said, "Those who know, know. And those who don’t, wish they did."

Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, 1968.

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Audrey Hamilton

Audrey Hamilton followed Led Zeppelin around the world, flying with them in their private jet "The Starship," and serving as frontman's Robert Plant's muse.

After their relationship fell apart, Hamilton would move on to Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.

The Starship, 1973.

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The GTOs

In 1968, Frank Zappa put together The GTOs, a band consisting entirely of groupies and led by Pamela Des Barres. They put out one album in 1969 before breaking up the following year.

Los Angeles, California, 1968.

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Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith broke onto the scene in 1963 as a groupie for The Band, sleeping with so many of its members that when she later became pregnant, she simply referred to the child as "The Band Baby."

Then, after a brief fling with Gordon Lightfoot, she became a groupie/drug dealer for Keith Richards and Mick Jagger while partying in Hollywood with actors on the side — before infamously giving John Belushi a fatal overdose of cocaine and heroin in 1982.

Cathy Smith with her lawyer at the Plaza Hotel in New York, circa 1982.

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Roxana Shirazi

One of the most famous groupies of the hair metal scene, Roxana Shirazi first met a musician when she was 28 and never looked back. And in her book, The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage, she chronicles encounters with members of Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Velvet Revolver, Papa Roach, and Skid Row.

But she cautioned against others following too closely in her footsteps as well, once telling The Guardian, "It’s never possible to have full agency [as a groupie]. From the outset, the power structure is not equal. They’re famous, and, unless you’re famous yourself, you’re not on the same plane."

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For a rock star in the 1960s and '70s, the groupies came with the territory. They would follow bands on tour, cheering at their shows and fighting for the chance for a backstage pass and a night in a celebrity's bed.

Such groupies are usually nothing more than a footnote in music history, but behind the scenes, they were more than just fans. They were a part of these musicians' lives – and sometimes, they completely changed music history.

Rock And Roll Groupies Who Became Legends

The term "groupie" was coined in the 1960s to describe teenage girls and young women who followed rock and roll bands on tour, many of whom dated rock stars. But no one is certain of exactly where it came from. Some say a journalist created it, others think Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman used it as a code word for the women they met on tour.

What's certain is that by 1960, Rolling Stone blew the lid off the subculture of women making themselves available to touring rock stars with a February 1969 cover story called simply "Groupies and Other Girls."

Inside, the magazine lavished 14,000 words on the phenomenon, showing how integral groupies had become to the lifestyle and music of rock and roll. Some even began influencing the stars themselves.

Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman told The Guardian in 2015 that many musicians even started emulating the groupies in their dress, donning flamboyant outfits anchored with fur, feathers, flowers, and stars. "Just look back at pictures of the Rolling Stones," he quipped.

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Central Press/Getty ImagesMick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, and Keith Richards at London Airport. December 18, 1968.

There were also some groupies who became minor celebrities in their own right. Women like Pamela Des Barres built up legends of their own. She worked her way through the beds of men like Jimmy Page and Mick Jagger, leading a life that helped inspire Kate Hudson's character in the movie Almost Famous.

"A groupie is someone who loves the music so much she wants to be around the people who make it," Des Barres told The Guardian in 2018.

"A fan is content with an autograph or a look from the stage, or a selfie. A groupie takes the next step. And that takes a lot of courage. But they do so totally willingly, sometimes hoping for a romance, or a one-night stand – or sometimes hoping to marry them."

Other groupies, however, broke up bands. Anita Pallenberg nearly ended The Rolling Stones twice by working her way through the group. When she left Brian Jones for his bandmate, Keith Richards, she sent him into a spiraling depression that would end with him getting kicked out of the band. And not long after, a heroin binge with her new beau, Keith Richards, would see him pleading before a court to stay out of prison.

The Predatory World Of 'Baby Groupies'

Other groupies would find themselves in even deeper trouble. At Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco in Los Angeles, rock stars would browse a selection of so-called "baby groupies" — underaged children who spent their school nights sleeping with grown men. Some of the girls were as young as 12.

This was a scene in which women over 20 were called "old." And one in which during Bingenheimer's after-party on June 3, 1973, following a show at the Forum in Inglewood, Jimmy Page entered with his 25-year-old girlfriend Pamela Des Barres — and left with a 15-year-old named Lori Maddox. Or, perhaps more accurately, Page had her kidnapped.

According to Maddox, Led Zeppelin's manager came up to her and said, "You're coming with me, young lady."

"I wound up in a limo and didn't know where I was going," she told Thrillist. "But it was to the Hyatt. I felt like I was being kidnapped. I got taken into a room and there was Jimmy Page."

Still, she said that the relationship "became so serious that Jimmy asked my mom for permission to be with me" — and then her mother went around saying, "My daughter is like Priscilla [Presley]."

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Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesRodney Bingenheimer, Jimmy Page, Pamela Des Barres, and Lori Maddox at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco on the night Page will leave Des Barres for Maddox. Los Angeles, California, June 3, 1973.

But it was far from Maddox's first time with a rock star. She'd lost her virginity at 14 to David Bowie — in a threesome with her best friend Sable Starr, who introduced her to the world of rock and roll in 1972.

In fact, Sable Starr, a girl who had been sleeping with rock stars since she was 12 years old, was known as the "queen of the baby groupies." Starr's life of scandals would be immortalized in the lyrics of an Iggy Pop song Look Away:

I slept with Sable when she was 13
Her parents were too rich to do anything
She rocked her way around L.A.
'Til a New York Doll carried her away.

But these women were more than just the sex that went with the drugs and the rock and roll. They were muses. They inspired songs. They raced through the minds of famous musicians as those stars strummed out the first few notes of a future classic — and more than a few groupies were named directly in the lyrics themselves.

These groupies' names might not be well-known, but they've left their imprints all over the history of rock and roll.

After reading about some of the most influential — and infamous — rock and roll groupies, learn the history of hippies and the Mods.

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Why The Life Of A 1970s Rock Groupie Was Darker And More Debaucherous Than You Ever Realized? ›

It was there that a 29-year-old Jimmy Page seduced a young groupie named Lori Mattix, when she was just 14, in 1973. “He just swept me off my feet and made me fall madly in love with him,” Mattix says in the book, which also details the 1973 NYC robbery of the band, in which $200,000 was looted from a hotel safe.

What did Led Zeppelin do to their groupies? ›

It was there that a 29-year-old Jimmy Page seduced a young groupie named Lori Mattix, when she was just 14, in 1973. “He just swept me off my feet and made me fall madly in love with him,” Mattix says in the book, which also details the 1973 NYC robbery of the band, in which $200,000 was looted from a hotel safe.

What were groupies in the 70s? ›

Groupies were devoted female fans who took their love of the music to the next level; these temptresses were known for following a band around wherever it traveled and forming intimate and often sexual connections with the band members.

Who's the best known groupie from the 70s? ›

Sabel Hay Shields (August 15, 1957 – April 18, 2009), better known as Sable Starr, was a famous groupie, often described as the "queen of the groupie scene" in Los Angeles during the early 1970s.

When did groupies become a thing? ›

Origin in music

The word groupie originated around 1965 to describe teen-aged girls or young women who began following a particular group or band of musicians on a regular basis. The phenomenon was much older; Mary McCarthy had earlier described it in her novel The Company She Keeps (1942).

What did Elvis think of Led Zeppelin? ›

The group were huge Elvis admirers and three members (Plant, Page and Bonham) gladly accepted along with their infamous manager, Peter Grant. Although not a big fan of hard rock, Elvis knew who Zeppelin were and was amused that his young step-brother, Ricky, was so excited to hear that they'd be in the audience.

What did George Harrison think of Led Zeppelin? ›

Not only did George Harrison love Led Zeppelin, but he also managed to coax their best out of them with a bit of apparently piddling critique. It wasn't, though. It helped to bring Houses of the Holy to life, as 'Rain Song' was one of the first tracks written for it and is arguably its highlight.

Who is the world's most famous groupie? ›

Pamela Des Barres on being the world's most famous groupie: 'I had to fight for myself' When Pamela Des Barres first released her 1987 memoir “I'm With the Band,” the world was shocked to read about her sexual escapades with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, and Jim Morrison — just to name a few.

Who was the ultimate groupie? ›

Affectionately known as “Miss Pamela” from her days as a groupie—a nickname that stuck when she became the leading member of the groupie band Girls Together Only, or the GTOs—Des Barres had her fair share of rock star lovers. She made out with Jim Morrison while huffing Trimar; lost her virginity at 19 to Nick St.

What band had most groupies? ›

Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Poison, Aerosmith, KISS, Def Leppard were all notorious for their groupie excursions. The 70s and 80s were the heyday of the groupie. I'd say it would be hard to pin down one band but many bands pinned down lots of groupies.

Who was the king of glam rock in the 70s? ›

David Bowie: The King of Glam Rock.

Who was the biggest rock band in the 70s? ›

There's a reason Zeppelin earned the nickname “The Biggest Band in the World” during a large portion of the 1970s.

Who was the number one rock band in the 70s? ›

1. Eagles. Eagles formed at the start of the '70s as Linda Ronstadt's backing group; by the end of the decade they were one of the biggest bands in the world.

What does a groupie mean to a man? ›

: a fan of a rock group who usually follows the group around on concert tours. : an admirer of a celebrity who attends as many of his or her public appearances as possible. 3. : enthusiast, aficionado. a political groupie.

Does groupies still exist? ›

Groupies are still a thing. It's not like back in the day...they obviously have different intentions and motives now, usually, especially toward famous people. a lot of famous musicians, athletes, and other public figures pay for sex with escorts, porn stars, Instagram models, etc.

Who was the youngest groupie? ›

Some might consider Sable Starr as a representation of how grim the rock scene social background was during the seventies, but there's also a true symbol of feminine emancipation in her story—not to mention the fact she was only 12-years-old when she started being a groupie, and she was still living in the family home ...

Did The Beatles respect Elvis? ›

As teenagers, The Beatles, especially John Lennon, were strongly influenced by Elvis Presley. They started wearing their hair slicked back like Elvis. They admired his rebelliousness and his appeal to women, not to mention his musical talent. “Nothing affected me until I heard Elvis,” John Lennon said.

Who was the genius in Led Zeppelin? ›

Guitarist Jimmy Page was the musical genius behind Led Zeppelin, one of the most legendary bands in rock music history. But the group also had a genius of sorts as its manager.

What rock bands did Elvis like? ›

Elvis enjoyed plenty of popular artists as well, like the Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Neil Sedaka and Peter, Paul & Mary. Ray Charles is an artist whose music pops up repeatedly in his collection.

Did Ringo Starr like George Harrison? ›

George was really on my mind then.” In a 2003 interview, Starr said that following The Beatles breaking up, he had remained closest friends with George and that for him the song perfectly summed up “how I miss him in my heart and in music”.

What did The Beatles think of Zeppelin? ›

John Lennon gave his opinion about Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page, saying: “You know, I just think it's either something I like or don't like or it's heavy or it's light. I like heavy music — I call it rock. So I like Zeppelin, I've only heard a couple you know, they're okay.

Did Bob Dylan like Led Zeppelin? ›

Dylan, in contrast, was not a Zeppelin fan. When the group's manager Peter Grant infamously introduced himself to Dylan in LA in 1974 with the line, “Hello Bob. I'm Peter Grant, I manage Led Zeppelin,” Dylan snubbed him, replying simply, “Do I come to you with my problems?” Things have changed since then.

Were there male groupies? ›

There are even male groupies — by no means as numerous as female groupies, but still a factor on the scene. They travel with the bands because they dig the music and they dig the musicians and want to be part of the scene.

When were groupies most popular? ›

From a historical standpoint, groupie culture formed in the '60s, took hold in the '70s and continued through the '80s. Cameron Crowe famously captured the groupie lifestyle in his 2000 movie Almost Famous through Kate Hudson's character Penny Lane.

What was the longest rock song? ›

The longest rock song of all time is the 1971 track “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. The song runs for 17 minutes and five seconds and is known for its iconic drum solo lasting over two minutes. The song was initially met with commercial success and has since become a classic of the rock genre.

How many musicians did Pamela Des Barres sleep with? ›

Pamela Des Barres is most often remembered for having sex with Mick Jagger. And Jimmy Page. And Keith Moon. And Waylon Jennings.

What is another term for groupie? ›

synonyms for groupie

On this page you'll find 20 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to groupie, such as: admirer, buff, devotee, follower, hanger-on, and supporter.

What was it like to be a groupie? ›

“A groupie is someone who loves the music so much she wants to be around the people who make it,” famed groupie Pamela Des Barres said in her 1987 memoir “I'm With the Band.” “A fan is content with an autograph or a look from the stage, or a selfie. A groupie takes the next step.

What rock star got laid the most? ›

Lemmy Kilmister: Motorhead frontman's handle bar moustache lured over 1,200 women into his bed.

Who is the most notorious band of all time? ›

MÖTLEY CRÜE is The World's Most Notorious Rock Band.

Who was the first rock band to wear makeup? ›

The earliest rock groups to wear makeup similar to corpse paint included Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Arthur Brown in the 1960s; Secos & Molhados, Alice Cooper, Kiss and guitarist Zal Cleminson of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band in the 1970s whose makeup, colorful clothes and menacing demeanor evoked the evil clown trope ...

Who was the biggest glam rock band? ›

50 Greatest Glam Rock Artists
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1. Van Halen 2. Def Leppard 3. Mötley Crüe 4. KISS 5. Poison 6. Ratt 7. Alice Cooper 8. Skid Row 9. Cinderella 10. Quiet RiotVan Halen
Nov 15, 2017

What was the most famous hard rock band of the late 1970s? ›

Bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin were the hardest rocking acts of the era while acts like Rush and King Crimson were standouts in the prog community, as limited and nebulous as it was at the time.

What band sold the most records in the 1970s? ›

The top 10 selling artists of the 70s
  1. 1 Pink Floyd.
  2. 2 Eagles. ...
  3. 3 Led Zeppelin. ...
  4. 4 Queen. ...
  5. 5 Elton John. ...
  6. 6 ABBA. ...
  7. 7 Rod Stewart & Faces. ...
  8. 8 Bob Marley. ...
Apr 4, 2022

Who was the most famous singer in the 70s? ›

21 Of The Greatest And Most Famous Singers Of The 1970s
  • Elton John.
  • David Bowie.
  • Donna Summer.
  • Diana Ross.
  • Mavin Gaye.
  • Stevie Wonder.
  • Olivia Newton-John.
  • Willie Nelson.
Jan 11, 2023

Who was the number one rock band in 1975? ›

Mar 1975 - The Eagles

American country rock band The Eagles hit #1 for the first time in the US with the single "Best Of My Love" from their third album On The Border. The band would hit #1 US again in June with "One Of These Nights" and #2 in September with "Lyin' Eyes".

What was the best year of rock in the 70s? ›

The Case For 1971 As Rock's Greatest Year : NPR. The Case For 1971 As Rock's Greatest Year That year, music journalist David Hepworth argues, offered an explosion of talent from David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Al Green, John Lennon and more. He discusses his new book, Never a Dull Moment.

What was the number 1 rock song in 1970? ›

1970 Top 100 ROCK* Songs
  • Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin. ...
  • Black Night - Deep Purple. ...
  • War Pigs - Black Sabbath. ...
  • Gypsy - Uriah Heep. ...
  • Child in Time - Deep Purple. ...
  • Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin. ...
  • In the Wake of Poseidon, Including Libra's Theme - King Crimson. ...
  • Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend.

Who had the first #1 rock and roll? ›

The first number-one single of Rock and Roll was "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets. Rock and Roll emerged in the early 1950s. The sound of early Rock and Roll has been called "rockabilly" and is a mixture of country, swing jazz, and rhythm and blues.

What makes a good groupie? ›

Usually, groupies follow musicians and bands, but some groupies follow film stars and other famous celebrities. Groupies need to have a passion for the music as well as the person, and if you're a music lover, then you'll be able to be the next groupie of your favourite band.

How do you treat groupies? ›

Don't treat them like trash and use them and dispose of them. Be honest let them know how you are and what you expect from this. Don't play with their hearts or make them feel less than you because no one is less than anybody.

What is a super groupie? ›

A groupie is a person who is a fan of something. Usually to the point of obsession. So a "super groupie" would be an even more extreme form of that. Super groupie isn't a common term.

What famous groupie passed away? ›

"Sweet" Connie Hamzy Parente (January 9, 1955 – August 21, 2021), also called "Sweet Sweet" Connie or Connie Flowers, was an American woman who was known as a groupie who claimed to have had sex with numerous rock musicians.
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Connie Hamzy.
Connie Hamzy Parente
Occupation(s)Media personality, groupie
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What do you call a person who loves rock music? ›

rocker. noun. mainly journalism someone who plays or likes rock music.

How old were baby groupies? ›

The "Baby Groupies"

This was a well-known place for rockers to pick up "baby groupies": underaged girls, some as young as 12, waiting to become a rock star's prey.

Did Led Zeppelin have groupies? ›

It was there that a 29-year-old Jimmy Page seduced a young groupie named Lori Mattix, when she was just 14, in 1973. “He just swept me off my feet and made me fall madly in love with him,” Mattix says in the book, which also details the 1973 NYC robbery of the band, in which $200,000 was looted from a hotel safe.

What was the groupie culture in the 70s? ›

The groupie lifestyle was often romanticised, with the idea that it consisted solely of living alongside rock stars, following them from gigs and hotel rooms and indulging in the 'sex, drugs and rock n roll' mindset.

Did Led Zeppelin do American woman? ›

Led Zeppelin – American Woman (1996, CD) - Discogs.

Who were Led Zeppelin groupies? ›

Groupies were a regular part of Led Zeppelin's entourage on their tours. They were typically young girls who were attracted to the band members for their looks, talent, and rock star lifestyle.

What did Led Zeppelin do? ›

Led Zeppelin was a highly innovative band that created a new sound, which has come to be known as heavy metal or hard rock by combining three elements; acoustic folk, hippie mysticism, and power chords with high volume and distortion. They have earned their place as one of the best rock bands in rock history.

Who was the man who turned down Led Zeppelin? ›

Terry Reid. It's no surprise Terry Reid doesn't want to talk about the one subject people never fail to bring up to him. Namely, his 1968 decision to turn down Jimmy Page's offer to front a new band, later to be called Led Zeppelin.

Who was the most talented in Led Zeppelin? ›

Guitarist Jimmy Page was the musical genius behind Led Zeppelin, one of the most legendary bands in rock music history.

Who was almost the lead singer of Led Zeppelin? ›

During this time, a 17-year-old Robert Plant, soon to become one of the most recognisable voices of a generation as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, became interested in taking over the spot currently held by Roger Daltrey.

Did Led Zeppelin members get along? ›

There was an undeniable chemistry between the four members of that band. Each musician supported the other to create powerful and moving music. In fact, John Bonham's first words to Plant were, “You'd be a lot better singer if you had a drummer like me.”

Did John Lennon like Led Zeppelin? ›

Throughout his life, John Lennon has been well-known for his appreciation for rock music, from his admiration for Led Zeppelin to his admiration for George Harrison.

What are Zeppelin fans called? ›

The Led Zeppelin fandom (led heads, not to be confused with dead heads) is still strong today. Much of the fandom is fueled by: the 1973 concert film "The Song Remains The Same," other concert footage released from the Led Zeppelin DVD released in 2003, Celebration Day (2012), interviews, and more.

Which band accused Led Zeppelin? ›

American rockers Spirit accused Led Zeppelin of plagiarising their instrumental, 'Taurus'.

Who wrote most of Led Zeppelin lyrics? ›

Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin's music, particularly early in their career, while Plant wrote most of the lyrics. Jones's keyboard-based compositions later became central to their music, which featured increasing experimentation.

What was the controversy with Led Zeppelin? ›

The iconic rock band were accused of stealing the song's opening riff from a song called Taurus by US psych-rockers Spirit, recorded three years before the release of the album Led Zeppelin IV, which contained the rock behemoth.

Why is Led Zeppelin considered so good? ›

Led Zeppelin would not have been the iconic band that they were had it not been for the unique talents of the band members that were brought together by Jimmy Page. The individual personalities and amazing sounds that were meshed together is what made this band the greatest band of all time.

Who stole Led Zeppelin's money? ›

But Spitz also raises some suspicions about Led Zeppelin's then-manager, Peter Grant. “No less than five sources close to the band told this author that Grant had admitted spiriting the Drake money away,” he writes. The cash was from the previous two nights of performances at the Garden, as well as for a previous gig.

What tragedy ended Led Zeppelin? ›

Led Zeppelin made the difficult decision to break up on Dec. 4, 1980, approximately two months after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham. The group had been preparing to commence a tour in the fall of 1980 when Bonham passed away.

Who did Led Zeppelin rip off Stairway to Heaven? ›

It was alleged that Led Zeppelin took the opening notes to Stairway to Heaven from Spirit's song Taurus after Robert Plant saw Spirit perform in Birmingham in 1970. Plant has said he cannot recall the gig owing to his involvement in a serious car crash later that night that affected his memory.

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