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Est. Early 1970's


Original Members
Jean Millington: bass guitar, vocals
June Millington: guitar, vocals
Nickey Barclay: keyboards, vocals
Alice de Buhr: drums, vocals

Later Members
Patti Quatro: guitar, vocals
Brie Brandt: drums, vocals
Cam Davis: drums

Fanny - All-Girl Rock BandSisters June Millington (born April 14, 1948, Manila, Philippines) and Jean Millington (born May 25, 1950, Manila, Philippines) moved with their family from the Philippines to Sacramento, California in 1961. In high school they formed an all-girl band called The Svelts with June on guitar, Jean on bass, and Brie Brandt on drums.  Brandt was later replaced by Alice de Buhr (born 1950, Mason City, Iowa).  When The Svelts disbanded, de Buhr formed another all-female group called Wild Honey.  The Millington sisters later joined this band, which played Motown covers and eventually moved to Los Angeles.

Frustrated by a lack of success or respect in the male-dominated rock scene, Wild Honey decided to disband after one final open-mic appearance at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles in 1969.  They were spotted at this gig by producer Richard Perry, who had been searching for an all-female rock band to mentor.  Perry convinced Warner Brothers to sign the band, still known as Wild Honey, to Reprise Records.  Before recording their first album, the band recruited keyboardist Nickey Barclay (born 1951, Washington, DC), who was also a member of Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen touring ensemble.  The band was then renamed Fanny, not with a sexual connotation but to denote a female spirit.

Fanny - All-Female Band

Perry produced the band's first three albums: Fanny (1970), Charity Ball (1971), and Fanny Hill (1972).  The title track "Charity Ball" from the second album reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The members of the band also worked as session musicians, most notably on Barbra Streisand's 1971 album Barbra Joan Streisand.  Their fourth album, Mother's Pride (1973), was produced by Todd Rundgren.  With young engineer Leslie Ann Jones as their road manager and live sound mixer, Fanny toured worldwide, opening for Slade, Jethro Tull and Humble Pie, gaining widespread popularity in the United Kingdom.

After Mother's Pride, June Millington and Alice de Buhr left the band.  Patti Quatro (sister of Suzi Quatro) joined on guitar, and Brie Brandt (who had played with the Millingtons in their early band The Svelts) returned on drums.  This lineup signed with Casablanca Records and released the final Fanny album, Rock and Roll Survivors, in 1974.  Brandt was briefly replaced by Cam Davis, but the band soon disintegrated even as "Butter Boy" became their biggest single, reaching #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1975.

In a 1999 interview with Rolling Stone, Fanny fan David Bowie revealed his respect for the band:

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. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done.

— David Bowie

After the breakup, the MillingtonJune and Jean Millington of Fanny sisters put together a new all-female band called the L.A. All-Stars, which generated some interest from record labels, but with the stipulation that the band tour as Fanny and play only old Fanny songs, which June Millington opposed.  June, described by Guitar Player as the hottest female guitar player in the music industry, has had a career as a producer for artists including Holly Near, Cris Williamson and Bitch and Animal. June also operates a music camp for young girls. Jean has done studio work for many artists, including Keith Moon, David Bowie, and Roderick Taylor.  Jean also married Bowie's guitarist Earl Slick and is presently an herbalist.  The Millingtons continued to record together after Fanny as well, most recently on the 2011 album Play Like a Girl on June's label Fabulous Records.

Patti Quatro continued to work as a session musician for her sister Suzi Quatro as well as Electric Light Orchestra, Keith Moon, and France Gall, and recently has been involved in the reissue of material by the Quatro sisters' early band The Pleasure Seekers.  Brie Brandt, now known as Brie Howard-Darling, had an active post-Fanny career, touring and recording with Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Robbie Nevil, and Jack Wagner. She fronted the bands American Girls, which released one album in 1986; and Boxing Gandhis, which has released four albums since the mid-1990s.

In 2002, Rhino Records released the deluxe, limited edition 4-CD box set First Time in a Long Time, which collects Fanny's first four studio albums plus live recordings, outtakes, and promotional items. A classic lineup reunion concert featuring the Millington sisters and Alice de Buhr (Nickey Barclay declined to appear for health reasons) was held at Berklee College of Music on April 20, 2007, where the band members received the Rockrgrl Women of Valor award for their achievements.

(Excerpt courtesy Wikipedia)

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