The legendary Suzi Quatro reveals the songs that changed her life and influenced her as a person and a musician, including Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday.
"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
by Bobby Darin
This was the first record I ever bought with my own money. I think my dad gave me a dollar and it was 98 cents so I got two cents back.
And obviously, it became a big favourite of mine because when you actually go out and purchase something, that’s yours. It’s not your parents buying it for you—that’s a different thing. So that record had an impact on me, it’ll always remain a favourite.
"Don’t Be Cruel"
by Elvis Presley
This was the first time I saw Elvis Presley on TV. I was seven, and I decided at that age, seeing that show—believe it or not—that I was going to be him. So that song and that performance changed my life. It gave me my path.
I still get that same feeling every time I see it, all the time.
"When I Fall in Love"
by Nat King Cole
I’m going to be playing this at my funeral! It had a huge impact on me. Emotionally, it made me feel everything that we should feel as human beings. To me, it’s a whole rainbow of emotion. It makes me cry to this day.
I think I heard it for the first time in the 1950s. My dad used to play it a lot and I heard it when it first came out. It’s one of my favourite songs of all time. If I had a number one, I guess that would be it.
"God Bless the Child"
by Billie Holiday
I’ve actually sung this one myself. I really related to the lyrics, “God bless the child that’s got his own”. I related to that because I was one of five and you've got to have your own to survive, you know? You've got to have your own space. So I really related to that and I’ve done that live on stage before.
I’m a fan of all kinds of music because I grew up in a musical family, but I listen to Billie Holiday all the time.
Legends Live Tour 2017 featuring Suzi Quatro, David Essex, The Osmonds and Hot Chocolate includes eight arena dates starting on October 13 at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, culminating on October 22 at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. Buy tickets here.
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