Fanny early 70s gigs

Fanny early 70s gigs
File:Fanny Hill 1.jpg I’d all but forgotten Fanny. In my alphabetical ramblings on this blog I am trying to recall all of the significant bands I have seen in concert and I am currently working through the letter F. Today the band Fanny came into my mind. Fanny were, of course, one of the first all-girl bands, and certainly the first real heavy rock girl band. They have been described as the “Godmothers of Chick Rock”, and they were often seen at the time as a novelty act, rather than a real credible rock band. But a credible rock act is exactly what they were. They should be remembered for their music and live performances, both of which were pretty damn good. David Bowie is on record as saying, during an interview for Rolling Stone magazine: “One of the most important female bands in American rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny. They were one of the finest… rock bands of their time, in about 1973. They were extraordinary… they’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time.” Pretty strong praise. I saw Fanny at least a couple of times, once supporting Jethro Tull on their Warchild tour, and one Friday night at Sunderland Locarno. Both were good performances. I remember they did a great version of the Beatles “Hey Bulldog”. I have a copy of their Fanny Hill lp, which is pictured here; I must look it out and give it a spin to remind me of their music.

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