Rock and roll music first made its way onto the scene in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s and has been a major part of the musical world for decades. Nevertheless, true rock and roll took over the world like never before during the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s with the emergence of major bands and musicians such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Alice Cooper, The Ramones, Guns ‘N Roses, Nirvana and more. Female fans fawned over their favorite rock stars, and this new era of rock and roll coined a new expression – the ‘groupie.’
However, the groupie wasn’t just the teenage girl or woman who plastered their walls with the latest band poster or faces of their favorite musicians. Instead, these women would actively follow their favorite artists around the world with the intention of getting much closer to them than the average fan. These groupies would engage in brief liaisons, intimate trysts and even long-term relationships with these rock stars and have gone down in history as some of the most iconic groupies of all time.
Let’s be honest, Bebe Buell is one of the biggest names in the world of groupies – and for a good reason. Not only was she linked to some of the biggest names in rock and roll, but she was also a hugely successful singer and model. In fact, she was named Playboy of the Month in November 1974!
One of Bebe’s most prestigious rock relationships was with the Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler. Their relationship brought the wonderful Liv Tyler into the world.
Although Annette Walter-Lax was incredibly close the many of the big rock stars of the time, she was especially close to one in particular – Keith Moon. Like many other groupies, Annette was absolutely smitten with Moon, but they had a turbulent relationship.
Annette was one of the only women to stand up to Keith, which she did one evening after he commanded her to make dinner. Just a few hours after she refused his request, Keith was found dead.
Although Cleo Odzer doesn’t look like your usual rock and roll beauty, she was hugely popular during the ‘60s for her hippie style and musical prowess. Initially, Cleo worked as a music journalist and got close to some of the biggest names in music on a purely professional level.
But before long, she had crossed the boundaries and had got up close and personal with the likes of Keith Emerson. She later quit her job and traveled the world, before passing away in 2001.
Unlike many of the other groupies on this list, Marianne Faithfull had not dreamed of one-day rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in rock and roll. Instead, she had been brought up in an expensive upper-class society and was destined for great things.
So, it can as quite a shock to her family when they discovered she spent most of her time with The Rolling Stones. And not just one of them, either – all of them!
Anita Pallenberg was the kind of groupie we all loved to hate. For starters, she was utterly perfect and beautiful, and we were kinda jealous. As if this wasn’t enough, she was also one of the longest-running groupies in history, which means she had even more time to woo some of the biggest stars of rock and roll.
However, it is thought that Anita sparked the tension within The Rolling Stones, as she reportedly had ‘intimate’ relations with both Keith Richards and Brian Jones.
Throughout this list, we’ve heard from the likes of Tommy Lee (a lot), The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin, but there’s one band that’s been missing – yep, we’re talking about Guns n Roses. Although Axl Rose was one of the biggest names in the world of rock and roll, he wasn’t fussed about bedding a different woman every night.
Instead, he just needed his ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ – his wife, Erin Everly. He was absolutely in love.
Although she loved her life as a groupie, Chris O’Dell had never intended to have relations with some of the biggest rock stars of the time. Instead, she wanted to make an impact on the world of music (well, you could argue that she did). Initially, she started working as an assistant for a record company, before getting closer to the bands she managed – including The Beatles.
In fact, the famous Beatles Song, ‘O’Dell’ was inspired by the assistant.
There are many groupies on this list who are very similar – but Cynthia Albritton outshines them all, thanks to her unique style and her unusual hobby. Indeed, you might know Cynthia by her nickname, Cynthia Plaster-Caster.
The reason why she was called this was pretty straightforward…after her intimate trysts with some of the biggest names in rock and roll, Cynthia would make plaster cast models of their ‘private parts.’ Amazingly, her first model came from Jimi Hendrix.
Pamela Des Barres
When she was a young girl, Pamela Des Barres would dance around her bedroom to rock and roll legends such as Mick Jagger, The Beatles, and Elvis and knew she wanted her life to be filled with music. So, she made sure she was in the right place and the right time and was soon moving and grooving with the likes of Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, and Jimmy Page.
She was a hugely popular groupie and was the inspiration for The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane.’
Connie Hamzy was an incredibly well-known groupie, but you might know her by her popular nickname, ‘Sweet Connie.’ With her innocent face and her ‘good girl’ image, she became a firm favorite in the rocker circle, with many rock stars queuing up to spend a few minutes alone with this brunette beauty.
Among the list of her conquests were Keith Moon, Alice Cooper, and John Bonham. She also inspired many of today’s iconic rock songs, including ‘We’re an All American Band.’
Like many other women in the ‘80s, Julie Kitaen wanted to be the next big actress in the world of Hollywood. So, she adopted the stage name of Tawny Kitaen and embarked on her mission to reach the top. On her way, she found herself tangled up in the epic rock and roll scene and schmoozed with some of the biggest names in the business.
Although she didn’t get her big movie break, she was the star of many Whitesnake music videos.
It’s fair to say that Sable Starr was extremely popular among some of the biggest rock gods – and nobody could resist those blonde curls. Over the course of her groupie lifestyle, Starr has nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Groupies’ because she had started from such a young age, she was known as the groupie expert.
Amazingly, Sable had started canoodling with rock stars when she was just 14-years-old and added the likes of Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, and Alice Cooper onto her list.
We’ve already heard about the ‘baby-groupies, ’ and Lori Maddox was the ultimate member of that community. It’s widely reported that Lori was canoodling and rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in rock and roll when she was just 13-years-old and that she did the deed for the first time with the legend that was David Bowie.
After numerous trysts with the Starman and other rockers, Lori settled down with Jimmy Page, before moving on to Mick Jagger.
When talking about groupies, it’s interesting to note where the term came from, and who hailed the movement. Well, sources suggest that Tura Satana was one of the first ever groupies in the rock and roll scene.
This Japanese wonder had moved to America to pursue a professional career as an actress, dancer and martial arts master (so cool) when she caught the eyes of The King himself, Elvis Presley. It’s thought they would often canoodle in his dressing room before live performances.
Audrey Hamilton was the ultimate groupie cover girl. This brunette beauty would not go a single day without hanging off the arm of a guitarist or stepping onto a tour bus. After a few years of making the rounds, Audrey decided to stick to just one man. The man in question was Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant.
The pair were the ultimate rock star power couple, but they broke up in 1977. She later found solace in Kiss’s Ace Frehley.
Cathy Smith is still one of the most celebrated groupies of all time – because her legacy will forever be in the songbooks. Yep, everyone who met Cathy had an increasing urge to write about her in a song (well, there’s worse things to happen).
Thanks to her many trysts with famous rock stars, bands and musicians such as Gordon Lightfoot and The Band wrote numerous songs inspired by the brunette beauty. In fact, one of her most notable relationships was with Gordon.
Unfortunately, Nancy Spungen’s story is a sad one. This American beauty struggled from an early age with her mental health and left home at just 15-years-old to start a new life in England. Nancy was trying to make a living as a call girl before she managed to get herself established in the world of groupies.
She later had relations with the likes of The Ramones, Aerosmith, and The New York Dolls before she was sadly murdered at just 20-years-old.
You might be wondering who the heck Kathleen Dorritie is because her real name is not well known. However, you’ll probably recognize her nickname – Cherry Vanilla. Kathleen first started off her groupie career when she landed herself a job as David Bowie’s publicist (AKA best job ever).
With this musical ‘in,’ Kathleen was able to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in music, and she took full advantage of that. She then had numerous trysts with major musicians, such as John Lennon.
Before she became a groupie, Pattie Boyd had already built herself up a huge fan following as a model. In fact, she had been a hugely successful cover girl for Vogue and had been able to travel across the world for her job.
Her good looks soon attracted some of the biggest names in rock and roll, and she ditched her high-profile photographers for long-haired band members such as George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Recently, she has married a property developer.
Courtney Love is one of the biggest names in the world of female rock stars – and we absolutely love her. The New Zealand native moved from her home country to England when she was a teenager, to embark on an epic music career. Before too long, she found herself in America and became a member of bands such as Faith No More and Babes in Toyland.
In fact, Courtney had her own band of followers and groupies before she left it for Kurt Cobain.
Donna D’Errico wasn’t the only one who got to experience life with Nikki Sixx. A few years earlier, Nikki had been getting it on with the one and only Brandi Brandt. In fact, they were married for seven years. However, Brandi wasn’t your average groupie, because she was also a rock star herself!
As the drummer for the popular band, American Girls, she was also a Playboy Bunny, model, and had even tried her hand at acting.
When she moved to California in her 20s, Kendra Jade had absolutely no intention of being a groupie. Instead, she was there to pursue her passion and make it big as a burlesque dancer. However, before too long she was rolling with some of the biggest rockers and hanging out with fellow groupies backstage.
After a few months of fun, Kendra soon found one rock star she wanted to settle down with and has been married to Lukas Rossi ever since. Awww.
Bebe Buell and Todd Rundgren
However, like most of the relationships in the rock and roll-sphere, Steven and Bebe’s encounters weren’t entirely simple. In fact, it was a little bit *rocky*! Bebe and Steven actually hooked up while she was still with fellow musician, Todd Rundgren, and Todd wasn’t too happy about it.
But despite her infidelities and her subsequent child, Todd decided to take Bebe back, and they continued their relationship for a few more years. She is now married to Jim Wallerstein.
Let’s be honest; Donna D’Errico had it all. She was beautiful, she had been on Baywatch (rockers love Baywatch), and she was a Playboy Bunny. Because of this, she wasn’t short of attention.
However, Donna was the kind of groupie who liked to stick to one man, rather than chop and change between rock stars – and that man was Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx. The couple seemed perfect for each other and enjoyed nine years together before they sadly divorced.
However, the end of their marriage did not signal the end of Bianca Jagger. Instead, she rose from the ashes and became a leading figure in the Studio 54 scene and also became a well sought-after actress. More recently, she has left her acting days behind her and is now set on changing the world.
She is currently working as a goodwill ambassador for the Council of Europe and is unmarried, while Mick Jagger embarks on a relationship with a professional ballet dancer.
It’s fair to say that Pamela Anderson has made her mark in the world, that’s fo’ sure. While most of us fondly remember her blonde locks running along the beach in a red swimsuit, it’s also a little-known fact that Pamela Anderson is the ultimate groupie.
Yep, this Playmate has had her fair share of rockstars in her past. In the past, she tied the knot to Motley Crue alum, Tommy Lee (along with many other women on this list).
In recent years, the Baywatch babe has moved on from her favorite ‘90s rockers has settled down with the likes of Kid Rock and Rick Salomon – but she still can’t leave one piece of her past behind her. In fact, Pam Anderson is constantly reminded of her acting days…but not the kind of acting you’d want to watch on a lazy Sunday.
Instead, she is remembered for her rather explicit ‘home movies’ with some of her former boyfriends. Awkward.
Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards
In fact, one of Anita Pallenberg most iconic rock and roll relationships was with Keith Richards. The couple were together from 1967 until 1979 and seemed to have a perfect life. Unfortunately, their relationship wasn’t as perfect as it seemed. With a hectic schedule, Keith was often absent and left Anita with their three children.
However, after the death of their daughter, Keith took it upon himself to get clean and help out his family – but Anita continued to struggle with her addictions.
It’s fair to say that Marianne’s friends and family were a little overwhelmed to discover that their beautiful daughter had turned to the dark side and become a groupie – but those who knew her family history realize that it wasn’t so ridiculous. In fact, it seemed like a family trait as Leopold von Sacher was one of her relatives.
As the author of Venus in Furs, Leopold was known for his wily ways and his saucy stories, just like Marianne.
As one of the youngest groupies of all time, Sable Starr was often linked to the ‘baby-groupies’ during the 1970s. This name was given to a large group of underage girls who were linked to some of the biggest names in rock. They would often hang around the popular rock clubs in Los Angeles and try their luck to get into the club.
If not, the rock stars were nice enough to pick them up in their limos afterward…
The one thing we’ve learned about rock stars is that they luuuuurve Baywatch babes – because, alongside Pamela Anderson, they also couldn’t get enough of Carmen Electra. At the start of her career, Carmen was married to a basketball star, but after their marriage went down the drain, she decided to try out the male rock star variety.
She soon found herself canoodling with the likes of Tommy Lee and Dave Navarro and was often spotted behind the scenes at rock gigs.
Nowadays, Carmen Electra is still a major name in the world of Hollywood, and even for her (very short) career as a singer. In 2004, she managed to mix her love for rock stars and acting in one epic fame sandwich when she was asked to take part in the MTV reality show, ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave.’
This show followed the planning of her wedding to Dave Navarro – which turned into a divorce just a few months later.
After a professional AND personal relationship with The Beatles, Chris O’Dell moved onto another band by the name of The Rolling Stones (perhaps you’ve heard of them?) Chris was in charge of organizing their tour, dealing with their public relations, and their personal appearances.
Of course, there was a lot more to it than that – and these little extras soon caused a rift in the band. So, she left The Rolling Stones and moved onto Bob Dylan. As you do.
Tura Satana and Elvis Presley
However, it seems there was much more to Tura and Elvis’ relationship than a few tender moment in a dressing room. According to sources close to the couple, Elvis was absolutely besotted with the actress and had even asked her to marry him. Sadly, Tura Satana refused his hand in marriage and wanted to focus on her career rather than her personal endeavors.
From then on, she continued to work all across the world and have numerous encounters with high-profile conquests.
As well as enjoying a typical married life together, Donna and Nikki also welcomed two children into the world. However, in recent years, Donna has revealed what it was really like to raise a family with one of the biggest names in rock and roll.
According to the Playmate, she would often witness or hear of her husband’s illicit behavior and be expected to sit quietly while he cheated on her. After a while, it all proved too much.
Connie Hamzy and Bill Clinton
Along with her ‘good girl’ reputation, Connie Hamzy also made a name for herself as the groupie governor of Little Rock, Arkansas. Whenever a rocker came into town, she seemed to have sole priority over them – even if there were other groupies around.
However, this good girl found herself in the midst of a scandal in 1991, when she alerted the press that former President of the United States and then-governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, had supposedly propositioned her.
Josie Stevens is the name on everyone’s list – for her time as a groupie, but also for her own endeavors. The blonde beauty is a famous Playboy Bunny, makeup artist, model, AND clothing designer (anything else?) However, she also made a name for herself when she started hanging out with long-haired rockers, specifically Steve Stevens, her husband.
Alongside her marriage, her modeling jobs, and business ventures, Josie Stevens is also Steve’s manager. Because apparently, you can never be too busy.
Let’s be honest, we all know who Heather Locklear is – but we probably don’t know her for being a groupie. Instead, we know her as a prolific Hollywood actor from such TV shows as Melrose Place, Spin City, Two and a Half Men and Dynasty. Alongside her love for acting, Heather has also made it clear that she has a love for all things rock and roll.
Heather was the ultimate groupie and follow around the likes of Tommy Lee and Richie Sambora.
Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora
After making her way through many high-profile rock stars, Heather eventually settled down and tied the knot with Tommy Lee. Sadly, they ended things six years later – but Heather wasn’t going to wallow. Instead, she found love in another rocker by the name of Richie Sambora. The couple broke up in 2007 and now co-parent to raise their beautiful daughter, Ava.
Thankfully, Ava has inherited her mother’s looks and her father’s fame and is now a successful model.
However, Audrey and Robert Plant’s relationship wasn’t your average Romeo and Juliet romance. In fact, they were constantly criticized for their very public relationship and intimate dressing room romps – because Robert was married with children at the time.
Although he knew he was married, Robert Plant still invited Audrey along to every tour date and would make no secret of their relationship. He maintained that he didn’t care what the critics thought of him. Well, to each their own…
Although it seemed as if Cherry Vanilla was a professional publicist, it was clear to see that Kathleen was offering a little more than fame and fortune for her clients. In fact, she soon built up a reputation for her intimate radio show broadcasts, saucy advertisements and her explicit deals that would involve non-musical favors.
Nevertheless, her public tyrades paid off, as she soon became a popular groupie and businesswoman and made a name for herself in the personal and professional world.
Cathy Smith – Dealer to the Stars
However, Cathy Smith was so much more than a rock star groupie – she was also a musician herself! As a competent singer, she tried to establish herself as a notable backing singer in the music industry but found it difficult to overcome her groupie lifestyle.
Before too long, she left her dream to become one of the main narcotics dealers in the groupie circle. She would often sell to the likes of Ron Wood, Keith Richards, and Hoyt Axton.
As news of her plaster-casting business made its way through the rock and roll industry, Cynthia was soon inundated with rock stars who wanted to spend a night with her, but also leave the next day knowing their ‘private parts’ would be forever remembered in plaster cast form. KISS was especially fond of Cynthia, and she even inspired their song, ‘Plaster Caster.’
As her popularity grew, she was invited for interviews and photo shoots – with the models in tow, of course.
Like many of the other ladies on this list, Roxana Shirazi didn’t have the easiest childhood. In fact, she spent her early years in war-stricken Iran before fleeing with her family to England. As she grew up, these tough times took a toll on Roxana, and she soon found herself paying the bills as an exotic dancer.
As her popularity grew, she was invited for interviews and photo shoots – with the models in tow, of course.
Pleather is a little different to the rest of the groupies on this list because he is one of the only male groupies in the rock and roll business. Pleather was a huge name in the groupie world during the ‘80s and ‘90s, but many were unsure of his intentions within this community.
Despite this criticism, Pleather managed to establish himself with some of the greatest female rock bands and musicians in the industry, including Courtney Love and The Bangles.
It’s a well-known fact that groupies were heavily involved in the world of music – but have you ever heard of a groupie involved in politics? Well, Uschi Obermaier was that groupie. The Berlin beauty was one of the most popular groupies in the rock and roll heyday and had notable encounters with the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Jimi Hendrix.
However, she soon left this life behind her to join Kommune 1, a political group in the Germany.
Unlike many of the groupies on this list, Silky Gage did not waste her time with numerous male rock stars night after night. Instead, she was dedicated to one musician – Lotti Golden. It’s unknown whether these two had a romantic relationship, but it was clear to see that they were best friends.
They were incredibly close, and it’s even been reported that Silky Gage was Lotti’s muse, and the inspiration for many of her songs, including ‘Silky Is Sad.’
Alongside her many intimate relations with the biggest names in rock and roll, Lori Maddox was also extremely close to another member of the groupie gang – specifically, another member of the ‘baby-groupies.’ Yep, Lori was best friends with Sable Starr, and it’s even thought that Sable first introduced Lori into the scene and to some of the rock stars in question.
But Sable did maintain that there was one man off-limits; Jimmy Page – but Lori didn’t listen, and their friendship ended.
Despite her iconic marriage to the Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, nobody could forget Courtney’s incredible past. As the lead singer of Hole, Faith No More and Babes in Toyland, she managed to rock up an incredible career as musician and groupie.
Because of that, her past was full of one night stands and groupie hook-ups to put some of the other groupies to shame. She was often linked to Billy Corgan and Michael Stipe before landing on her feet with Kurt.
Pamela Des Barres
With her incredible hair, her incredible conquests and her incredible stories, it’s no surprise that Pamela Des Barres has since become one of the most famous groupies of the rock and roll era. However, it seems she has contributed more than her looks and her men. In fact, Pamela’s life and escapades inspired the popular movie, Almost Famous.
She has also shocked readers across the world with her tell-all memoir; I’m With the Band (she really doesn’t hold back).
Okay, we’ll give you three guesses who Bianca Jagger was married to?! Yup, of course, it’s Mick Jagger. Unlike many other groupies on this list (no offense, ladies) Bianca Jagger was a high-profile groupie who was known for her polished looks and her extravagant ways. She would often attend parties on horses (because why not) and became famous in her own right as a model and actress.
She eventually married Mick Jagger, before they ended things in 1978.
Let’s be honest, Bobbi Brown was one of the most beautiful women in existence (you know it’s true) so it’s no surprise she caught the attention of famous rock stars. However, it wasn’t just rock stars who recognized her beauty. In her younger years, she had been crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA and had begun a pretty successful career as a model and TV star.
But of course, she took the pop culture crown when she starred in Warrant’s music video for ‘Cherry Pie.’
It’s no secret that Bobbi Brown was a hot topic on the rock and roll scene, but she wasn’t the kind of groupie to conquer a different rock star each night. Instead, she was a one-man woman. While working on the ‘Cherry Pie’ music video, Brown was introduced to Jani Jane, and the two started dating. In fact, they later got married!
Sadly, their marriage ended two years later, but Bobbi soon hit it off with the groupie favorite, Tommy Lee.