Rock Goddess was an all-female heavy metal band from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era, who briefly enjoyed cult status in the early 1980s. The band was formed in London in 1977 by sisters Jody Turner (guitar) and Julie Turner (drums) when they were thirteen and nine years old respectively. They recruited school friend Tracey Lamb on bass. They rehearsed intensively and, through a friend, managed to place a track on a sampler album. Turner's father, John, ran a music shop and used his connections to get the band gigs and finally, in 1982, a recording contract with A&M.
They released their eponymous debut album in 1983 as a trio. There were legal problems because Julie Turner was still attending school, and was restricted in the number of live gigs she could play. Lamb became disgruntled at what she perceived to be the domination of the Turners, quitting to initially form She, but ending up joining Girlschool in 1987. Dee O’Malley and the follow-up album replaced her, “Hell Hath No Fury” was released in 1984. The band co-headlined with Iron Maiden on UK tours, and with Saxon in France. O'Malley announced her pregnancy and left the band in 1986. Julia Longman replaced her on bass, and Becky Axten joined on keyboards.
After their A&M contract expired, a third album, “Young and Free” was released in 1987 in France only, but their career was cut short by financial and contractual problems, which forced them to disband shortly thereafter. In 1988, the Turner sisters reappeared as The Jody Turner Band, and Jody Turner fronted a new line-up of Rock Goddess in 1994, to promote the re-release of the third album on the Thunderbolt record label. After a name change, the group disbanded in 1995, after playing their last gig at the Thomas O'Becket pub.
The band reformed in 2009 to play the Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn, Wales, but split again before they had a chance to perform.
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