Jean Millington: bass guitar, vocals
June Millington: guitar, vocals
Nickey Barclay: keyboards, vocals
Alice de Buhr: drums, vocals
Patti Quatro: guitar, vocals
Brie Brandt: drums, vocals
Cam Davis: drums
Millington (born April 14, 1948, Manila, Philippines) and
Millington (born May 25, 1950, Manila, Philippines) moved
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
replaced by Alice de Buhr (born 1950, Mason City, Iowa). When
Svelts disbanded, de Buhr formed another all-female group called Wild
Honey. The Millington sisters later joined this band, which
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.
spotted at this gig by producer Richard Perry, who had been searching
for an all-female rock band to mentor. Perry convinced Warner
to sign the band, still known as Wild Honey, to Reprise
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.
was then renamed Fanny, not with a sexual connotation but to denote a
Perry produced the band's first three albums: Fanny (1970), Charity
Ball (1971), and Fanny Hill (1972). The title track "Charity
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
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
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
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
the breakup, the Millington 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
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,
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.