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RIP Kelly Johnson

RIP.
Can't quite believe it

Saw Girlschool supporting Motorhead a few times, absolutely sensational.

Picked this up from another site:-

Here's Telegraph Obituary:

Kelly Johnson, who died on Sunday aged 49, was a guitarist and founder member of the British all-girl heavy metal band Girlschool.

The band had its origins in Painted Lady, a south London all-girl rock covers band founded in 1975 by schoolfriends Enid Williams (bass, vocals) and Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar, vocals). After finding some success in the local pub scene and several changes of personnel, the 19-year-old Kelly Johnson and Denise Dufort (drums) joined up. In 1978 the band changed its name to Girlschool.

Kelly Johnson, who was born on June 20 1958 and educated at Edmonton County School, Enfield, helped to build Girlschool into a major force in the new wave of British heavy metal, beginning with the release of their first single Take It All Away in December 1978. A support slot tour with Motörhead followed in 1979 and a debut album, Demolition, in 1980.
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Their full-on raucous guitar playing, tousled, leather-clad looks (and what one reviewer described as "stiletto in the groin" attitude) soon won Girlschool a cult following. They developed a particularly strong relationship with Motörhead, with whom they went on several tours and (as Headgirl) recorded an EP, The St Valentine's Day Massacre, which reached the top five in the UK charts in 1981.

In the early 1980s they toured with Uriah Heep and their second album, Hit 'n'Run (1981) was followed by a sell-out tour with Black Sabbath and Rush and a headline slot at the Reading Festival.

Enid Williams left in 1982 to be replaced by Gil Weston, and the band recorded their third album, Screaming Blue Murder, and toured America alongside Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, the Scorpions and Blue Oyster Cult.

But by this time their fortunes were beginning to fade and Kelly Johnson left the band after the recording of their fourth album, Play Dirty (produced by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea of Slade), in 1984.

She moved to Los Angeles where she lived for the next 10 years. Attempts at a solo career came to nothing, as did the idea of forming a new group with the guitarist Kathy Valentine. Instead Kelly Johnson learned sign language and worked with the deaf.

She returned to Britain in 1993 and rejoined Girlschool, touring with the group until 2000 when cancer forced her retirement. The group recorded a live album in 1995 and Kelly Johnson's final album with Girlschool, Not That Innocent: 21st Anniversary, was released in 2001.
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