Fanny – Blind Alley (1971)

“Fifty years ago, when June Millington and her sister Jean formed the all-female rock band Fanny, they felt like they were living a secret. “As a girl, you couldn’t tell anyone ‘I’m in a band,’” June Millington recalled. “You might as well say ‘I’m flying to the moon.’ It just wasn’t in the realm of experience. We had to create our own frame – and then step into it.”

In fact, they did so confidently enough to become the first all-female rock band ever to release an album on a major label, a crisp, self-titled work on Reprise Records in 1970.


Then, in 1972, they got a fan letter from David Bowie, which Millington ignored. “I didn’t know who he was,” she said.”

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