Groupies rock. A special few have gone above and beyond the call of duty by accommodating as many famous guitarists as possible and then immortalizing them with words, videos, andin one case in particulareveryday household objects. So let's take a minute to salute the best groupies ever.
Pamela Des Barres
Kate Hudson's character in Almost Famous was loosely based on the misadventures of the queen of groupies. Her 2005 book, I'm with the Band, cataloged an amazing backstage life that started as a member of Frank Zappa's girl group, the GTOs. Her marriage to periphery glam rocker Michael Des Barres between 1977 and 1991 briefly kept her out of the game, but she came back strong. A breast cancer survivor, Des Barres is still happily regaling the masses with her kiss-and-tell memoirs.
The former Baywatch star has appeared in not one but two Internet sex tapes with her rock star beaus. As well as dating numerous famous actors, models, and Hollywood hanger-ons, she married and divorced both rap-rock icon Kid Rock and Mtley Cre drummer Tommy Lee, with whom she has two sons, Brandon and Dylon.
Best remembered for splashing her body across expensive cars in Whitesnake videos in the '80s, Kitaen ended up marrying the group's lead singer David Coverdale, before sensibly moving on to California Angels pitcher Chuck Finley. She was last seen as a cast member on VH1's The Surreal Life.
Liv Tyler's mother, a former model and Playboy Playmate, served as the default muse for rock stars in the late '70s and early '80s. When she became pregnant with the Aerosmith singer's daughter in 1977, she famously let Liv believe that Todd Rundgren was her biological father until she was a teenager.
Another former Baywatch star with a fondness for dating men with guitars, the famous Prince prodigy appeared with husband Dave Navarro in the MTV reality series, 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave. They divorced a few months after production wrapped.
Connie Hamzy (aka Sweet Connie)
This Little Rock, Arkansas native prides herself on being prolific, happily obliging any band member who passed through her town. She achieved special notoriety by scoring a mention in Grand Funk Railroad's We're An American Band, in the lines, Sweet, sweet Connie, doin' her act/ She had the whole show and that's a natural fact.
Along with a flourishing acting career, Winona has held a thriving romantic life with various rock stars over the years. Despite a long engagement to Johnny Depp, she moved on to a remarkably credible list of hip singer-songwriters through the '90s. A recent report has her engaged to current boyfriend Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley.
Cynthia Albritton (aka Cynthia Plaster Caster)
A groupie with a twist, this Chicago native immortalized her conquests by creating a plaster cast of their penises. Her collection includes some prize pieces, including a replica of Jimi's little Hendrix. Kiss celebrated her in the song, Plaster Caster. Her website is perfectly obscene.
Thanks for the info to Aidin Vaziri's article at Gibson.com.