Join Hands and Sing for Christmas (Single)
Fanny is something of an anomaly in the relatively straight, heavily white, excessively male history of rock. Filipino-American sisters June (guitar and vocals) and Jean (bass) Millington founded an all-woman, les-bi-friendly band called Wild Honey in California in 1969 with keyboardist Nickey Barclay and drummer Alice de Buhr. In 1970, they changed their name to Fanny and inked a deal with Reprise, which (falsely) declared them to be the first all-female rock & roll band ever. Fanny recorded four albums for Reprise before June and de Buhr left the group in 1973. The remaining members (plus Suzi Quattro's sister Patti on guitar and drummer Brie Brandt) went on to record one more album for Casablanca before disbanding in 1974 and almost immediately falling victim to rock's chronic girl-band amnesia (prompting David Bowie to plead for their revival in a 1999 issue of Rolling Stone). But Fanny's members are far from dead: June Millington formed the new band Slammin' Babes with her sister Jean and founded the Institute for Musical Arts (which puts on a rock camp for girls) with her partner Ann Hackler, while Barclay toured with Joe Cocker and de Buhr went on to work in marketing for A&M.