Jackie Fox

Greatly Appreciated

Jackie Fox  (born Jacqueline Louise Fuchs; December 20, 1959) is an American musician and attorney.  Under her former stage name of Jackie Fox, she played bass guitar for the pioneering all-girl teenage rock band the Runaways.  She is the sister of screenwriter Carol Fuchs and sister-in-law of Castle Rock Entertainment co-founder Martin Shafer.  (More from Wikipedia)

Initially the Runaways was a power trio with the other member being bassist Micki Steele.  Lead guitarist Lita Ford was added shortly afterward; she had auditioned to be the new bass guitarist.  Cherie Currie was added as the lead vocalist.  After Steele was fired, Peggy Foster took over on bass and was replaced after a month with Jackie Fox


At this point, the Runaways was signed by Mercury Records and released their first album, The Runaways in 1976.  The credits for the bandmembers on the back of the album included their ages (most were 16 or younger as I recall), thus cementing Kim Fowley’s Svengali reputation.  Fowley refused to let Jackie Fox play on the debut album, so Blondie bass guitarist Nigel Harrison filled in. 


(November 2013)


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I wrote about the Runaways in some detail about a year ago, so I won’t say too much more about them now.  But I will mention this.  I have previously noted that their first album, The Runaways listed the bandmembers’ ages on the back cover.  For the record, they are a little older than I had remembered (or at least they were by the time the album was released):  Joan Jett (16), Sandy West (16), Cherie Currie (16), Jackie Fox (16), and Lita Ford (17). 


(January 2015/1)


Last edited: March 22, 2021