Suzi QUATRO (1950-)

Suzi Quatro This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 1024
  • Subject No: 999
  • Broadcast date: Mon 22 Feb 1999
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Sun 14 Feb 1999
  • Venue: unknown
  • Series: 39
  • Edition: 25
  • Code name: Four

on the guest list...

  • The Rubettes
  • members of her band
  • Alvin Stardust
  • Rainer Haas - husband
  • Laura - daughter
  • Richard - son
  • Noddy Holder
  • Nancy - sister
  • Patti - sister
  • Arlene - sister
  • Linda Berg
  • David Jensen
  • Nicky Chinn
  • Andy Scott
  • Mick Tucker
  • Les Grey
  • Roy Wood
  • Berwick Kaler
  • Shirlie Roden
  • Reg Presley
  • Chrissie Hynde
  • Nan Ball
  • Diana Baker
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Art - father
  • Mickie Most
  • Michael Brandon

production team...

  • Researchers: Jo Grant, Emma Dooley
  • Writer: Joe Steeples
  • Directors: John Gorman, Paul Kirrage
  • Associate Producer: Helen Gordon-Smith
  • Executive Producer: John Longley
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
related pages...

Top of the Pops

charting the pop stars

Mickie Most

Alvin Stardust

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Suzi Quatro's autobiography

Suzi Quatro recalls her experience of This Is Your Life in her autobiography, Unzipped...

One way or another, mine had always been a family act. In 1997 I got the chance to do the first of two duets with my daughter Laura. We were asked to contribute to the charity fund-raiser Children in Need on television, and performed my song 'And So to Bed'.

Fast forward to 1999, one of my busiest years to date and one with a big surprise in it for me. We did fifty-six dates at home, breaking off in the middle for four weeks in Australia, then coming back and doing the second half. The promoter had been after me for years to agree to this British package show tour. I finally said yes because I had spent so many years playing only Europe and Australia that I wanted the UK to see that I was indeed still rockin' and rollin'. I said I would do it just once, and have stuck to that decision. I have never really liked package shows, even when, as in this case, I was headlining. I prefer to do my own thing.

And the surprise? I was the subject of a This Is Your Life programme. We were playing the Palladium that night. And before you ask the question, I had no idea whatsoever. If you find out and the TV people get wind of it, your show is cancelled as the surprise element is everything. Anyway, because it was London the tour promoters had asked me to do an encore that night with Alvin Stardust and the Rubettes. I didn't really want to, but agreed, and we worked out an arrangement for 'Sweet Little Rock 'n Roller'. Rainer had been told by my former agent Derek Franks that this show would be taking place, but didn't believe him. How could they possibly do this when I had a gig at the Palladium? Then at halftime, just before my set which would close the programme, Rainer noticed TV cameras being set up and realised it was indeed happening. He went straight to the bar to order two large gin and tonics. It's only when I look back that I realise how nervous he was when he came into my dressing room just before the show. The tour promoter came in too and said, 'Suzi, the news people are here and will film a small segment at the end for tomorrow's broadcast. So after the encore, when you're taking your bows, please aim it stage right, into the box seat section, and then they'll get a good shot of you.' Sounded fine to me.

The show went well, and the boys joined me for the finale. When it ended Alan Williams (the Rubettes' lead singer) and Alvin grabbed my hands and held me tight, which annoyed me. I was trying to take my bow - what were they doing? Suddenly the entire audience rose to their feet. I broke away and went to the front of the stage, ego in full flight, bowing like a ballerina and thinking how wonderful I'd been that night. I had no idea that the real reason for the standing ovation was that presenter Michael Aspel had appeared from behind with the famous red book. When I eventually saw him I went weak at the knees and shouted into the microphone, 'What the fuck are you doing here?' Charming.

As they whisked me off to the studio I was in a daze. Rainer asked, 'Do you know what an honour this is?' Oh, yes, I did. I also wondered who would appear that evening to pay tribute. At 12:30a.m. the show began to tape. The on-stage seats were taken up with friends and various band members, and then the guest roll call began. There was Rainer, with Laura and Richard, my three sisters, my dad, my childhood friend Linda Theuerkorn, Berwick Kaler, Michael Brandon, Nicky Chinn (Chinn/Chapman), Mickie Most, Noddy Holder (Slade), Reg Presley (Troggs), Andy Scott and Mick Tucker (Sweet), Les Grey (Mud), Roy Wood (Wizzard), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) and finally Nan Ball and Diana Baker from the original Pleasure Seekers. It was a wonderful moment in a long career, and something I will never forget. Afterwards we partied till dawn. Laura had been after Noddy Holder all night to do his famous 'It's Xmas' and he finally performed it right into her ear at 5a.m., standing outside the BBC Television Centre while we were waiting for our cars home. A fitting end to an unforgettable evening.

Series 39 subjects

Charles Stewart | Carol Smillie | Roy Walker | Sharron Davies | Christopher Chittell | Barbara Dickson | Frank Thornton
Phillip Schofield | Alastair Stewart | Bob Wilson | Frankie Dettori | Elizabeth Spriggs | Rick Wakeman | Sue Johnston
Lord Deedes | Sylvia Young | Anne Kirkbride | Christopher Biggins | Damon Hill | George Layton | Floella Benjamin
Bill Pertwee | Mark Cook | Gary Mabbutt | Suzi Quatro | Ian Bannen