This auction is for one Smash Hit Signature Authentic Die-Cut Autograph card of LITA FORD, from 2011 Leaf Pop Century Trading Cards. This card is numbered #SH-LF1 within the set.
The Signature is in Blue Ink with serial number #5/5, in NRMT-MINT condition.
Lita Ford (born 19 September 1958) is a British-born, American rock musician and singer who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways and achieved popularity for her solo career between the 1980s and late 2000s.
In 1975 at the age of 16 she joined the all-female rock band The Runaways, for whom she played lead guitar. They would score a record deal and have their first album released in 1976.
It was not long before the all-girl formation caught the eye of the
media. Lita Ford's guitar skills made her a driving force in the band
and a permanent member from her arrival to the band's eventual break-up.
In 1979, disagreements were erupting within the band, who had since parted ways with producer Kim Fowley, lead singer Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox. Rhythm guitarist Joan Jett wanted the band to shift more towards Ramones-influenced punk music while Ford and drummer Sandy West wanted to continue playing hard rock-oriented songs. With neither side being able to compromise, the band finally broke up that year.
After the group split in 1979, Ford began a solo career. Her first album Out for Blood as well as the title single were released in 1983 and failed on the charts. The next effort, 1984's Dancin' on the Edge
achieved moderate success. It included the single "Fire In My Heart"
which reached the Top 10 in several countries but not the US. The next
single "Gotta Let Go" was one of Ford's biggest hits. It reached Number
One on the Mainstream Rock charts.
Ford toured extensively and made several guest appearances on TV
shows for the next four years, but had no releases; a follow-up to Dancin' On The Edge, titled The Bride Wore Black,
was abandoned and never released because Ford did not like the
production of the album and this upset the head of her record label,
leading to Ford switching from Mercury Records to RCA Records.
By the time Ford returned again, the lighter pop-metal she had long
favoured had broken through to mainstream audiences, which set the stage
for her most commercially successful album, 1988's Lita. With Sharon Osbourne
as her manager, and again produced by herself, the album featured four
commercial hits, including "Kiss Me Deadly", "Back To The Cave", "Close
My Eyes Forever", and "Falling In And Out Of Love" (co-written with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe). The ballad "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Sharon's husband Ozzy Osbourne, was her only Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit, reaching #8.
Her next release was called Stiletto.
It featured the singles "Hungry" and "Lisa" (the second was dedicated
to her mother). However this album was not as successful as Dancin' On The Edge and Lita.
Ford's next release was Dangerous Curves, which featured her last charting single "Shot Of Poison". Ford's last release would be with ZYX Records and would be titled Black. It failed to repeat the success of 1991's Dangerous Curves.
During her solo years, she was an endorser of B.C. Rich guitars and used Warlock, Eagle, Mockingbird and Bich single and double-neck models.
Ford appears in the 1992 film Highway to Hell as 'The Hitchhiker'. Ford was also asked by VH-1 to be in the cast of The Surreal Life for its 7th season, in 2007. She declined.
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