She is best known for the role of herself in Yakety Yak, Take it Back, and Trash Talk. Lita Ford was born to an English father and an Italian mother in London, when she was about in second grade, she moved with her family to the United States, eventually settling in the Long Beach, Los Angeles area. Inspired by Ritchie Blackmores work with Deep Purple, she playing the guitar at the age of 11. In 1975, at age 16, Ford was recruited by recording impresario Kim Fowley to join the rock band he was assembling called The Runaways. The band soon secured a contract and released their first album in 1976. The bands jailbait on the run gimmick garnered significant media attention, Fords lead-guitar playing became an integral element of the bands sound until their eventual break-up in April 1979. In 1977, internal conflicts were erupting within The Runaways, who had by that time already parted ways with producer Fowley, lead singer Cherie Currie, with neither faction willing to compromise, the band finally broke up in April 1979. Following the breakup of The Runaways, Ford set about launching a solo career and her debut solo album, entitled Out for Blood, was released in 1983 and was a commercial disappointment. Her next release, Dancin on the Edge achieved moderate success, Dancin on the Edge included the single Fire in My Heart, which reached the Top 10 in several countries outside the United States. The follow-up single, Gotta Let Go, performed better, reaching number one on the Mainstream Rock charts, Lita said in an interview that she recorded an unreleased album with RCA Records, and Tony Iommi didnt perform on it. Ford signed with RCA Records, hired Sharon Osbourne Management, in 1988, she released her most commercially successful album, the self-produced Lita. The album featured singles including Kiss Me Deadly, Back to the Cave, Close My Eyes Forever, and Falling In and Out of Love. The ballad Close My Eyes Forever, a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, Ford followed up the success of Lita with the album Stiletto. Stiletto featured the singles Hungry and Lisa, however, the album failed to match the success of her previous release. Fords next release was Dangerous Curves, which featured her last charting single to date, Fords final album prior to a lengthy recording hiatus was Black on the German ZYX Records. By the mid-1990s, Ford placed a priority on her music career as she turned her attention towards raising her two young sons. Following the release of Black in 1995, Ford did not release new material until the Wicked Wonderland album almost fifteen years later. In June 2008, Ford reemerged with a new band with Stet Howland on drums, after a long recording hiatus, Ford released the new album Wicked Wonderland on October 6,2009, on the JLRG Entertainment label
Lita Ford at Jones Beach 2012
Ford performing on 19 December 1988 in the "Olympiahalle" venue of Munich, Germany.