People often reminisce about the good ol’ days of rock n’ roll, when it was okay to be carefree, spending most of your glory days sitting in the back of an old truck, messy haired and starry-eyed, belting out lyrics and zoning out. At concerts, the music seemed to flow through you and help you disappear to someplace else. Some people took their love of music a step further and did whatever they could to become part of the musician’s real lives. They not only experienced their favorite bands’ music; they went along with those bands and musicians for the ride. They experienced the grit and glamor of a rockstar’s life, got their hearts broken by a few rising stars, and even broke some hearts themselves. So who were these women? Read on to learn more about some of rock’s most iconic groupies.
Bebe Buell was more than a rock n’ roll groupie. She also established quite the modeling career for herself, becoming Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in 1974. She even moved to New York from her home in Virginia in hopes of quenching her thirst for stardom.
Her most impactful relationship was perhaps that with musician Todd Rundgren, a relationship that stayed afire from 1972 before fading to a single ember in 1979. While she hooked up with many other rockstars and musicians after that, her most notable fling was perhaps with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, which resulted in a daughter: Liv Tyler.
Yes, even the woman behind Baywatch’s beloved CJ Parker has had a hankering for rockstars. Most famously, she was married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee from 1995 to 1998 and had two kids together. She was also linked to Bret Michaels and married Kid Rock in 2006.
Today, Pamela Anderson has professed to have calmed down somewhat. She does not have too much interest in going back to her old, rock lifestyle, at least the type she once lived. Today, she is perfectly fine fighting for animal rights, advocating for better treatment for all.
Over the span of almost an entire decade, Anita Pallenberg with her radiant beauty and seductive charm lured many a rockstar to her side. Most famously, she shook the foundation that made up the legendary Rolling Stones and almost left nothing but smoldering destruction in the band’s wake.
Specifically, she partnered up with two Stones members: Brian Jones, followed by Keith Richards, the latter of whom she had kids with. Sadly, their relationship did not last, but Richards does not harbor any ill will toward Pallenberg. She recently died at the age of 73.
Tawny Kitaen, or Julie Kitaen, has something of an interesting past. She first stepped into the spotlight as an aspiring actress, snagging some respectable roles along the way, such as the 1984 film Bachelor Party. She also appeared in several music videos, perhaps most notably those for Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night” and “Here I Go Again.”
In other words, Tawny Kitaen is probably the nondescript woman who comes to mind when you picture a beautiful woman splayed across a flashy car in a music video. But she did more than look pretty for the Whitesnake. She eventually went on marry the band’s singer David Coverdale. The marriage lasted from 1989 to 1991.
Pamela Des Barres was raised in a household that loved music. Thus, it is no surprise that she spent much of her time fantasizing about some of her favorite musicians. Her favorites were Elvis, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney of The Beatles. Little did Des Barres know that one day she would get to do more than just admire the greats from afar. She eventually found herself, through the help of friends, daring closer and closer to the rock scene’s elite inner circle.
Before she knew it, she was babysitting for Frank Zappa. She also spent a lot of time on Los Angeles’s vibrant Sunset Strip, mingling with budding musicians along the way. While her first major rendezvous were with members of both The Rolling Stones and The Byrds, she also managed to get entangled with rockers such as Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Oh, and if you have ever heard yourself singing along to the Beatles song Penny Lane? She inspired that song. Des Barres was also the inspiration behind Kate Hudson’s character in Almost Famous.
Hailed as “Queen of the Groupies”, Sable Starr ventured into rockstars’ arms before she even turned 18. She started hanging around this glorified crowd as young as 14. Moreover, these rockstars seemed to be as enthralled by her as she was by them.
So, who were some of the big names Sable Starr enchanted? She touted quite the impressive list: Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, and Iggy Pop, to name a few. She claimed to have extra affection to share for Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. Sadly, she passed away in 2009 due to brain cancer.