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Pinky Turzo | Featured Artist

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Pinky Turzo | Featured Artist

Years ago I had a band called Chris Wells and the Highballs and we had a regular gig at Atlas Bar and Grill on Wilshire and Western. The band was fantastic – they’re the same guys who play with us for The Secret City LA, I’m happy to report. They had a band of their own, called Guadaloop, which was a smokin hot rock band with a killer lead singer named Pinky Turzo. Pinky used to come to our shows and I was always so excited to see her, we became pals and kept in touch over the years. When I was thinking of someone to sing for this month’s LA event – this Sunday, March 15th, the theme is ANIMALS – i was trying to think of someone with that animal power and magnetism – who could bring something of pure human animal energy. I thought of Pinky Turzo and she’s going to sing for us! I’m so thrilled. I can’t wait to hear her and to share her with The Secret City community – and, it will be a reunion of sorts for Guadaloop. We’re all lucky.

Here’s her bio:

Pinky Turzo was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to a Dolly Parton look-a-like mother and
a rock & roll father. Being that her parents were struggling to be involved in
entertainment, they of course wanted their daughter to have a shot at a career in
the fizzling Las Vegas music business. Naturally, they signed Pinky up for accordion
lessons at age 7. After lugging around a 30 lb accordion for many years, Pinky
realized that microphones were much lighter. By age 16, when she wasn’t in school
or singing in the church choir, she was singing Pat Benatar & Quarterflash covers in
hotel lounges on the strip as well as singing in garage bands at stoner parties. The
minute she turned 18, she got on her first plane and flew to Los Angeles under the
pretense of just staying for a short time to sing on a few demos for a family friend,
but once she saw the shimmering lights of Burbank airport, she knew there was no
turning back and that her life in pursuit of being a rock star by the time she was 19
was about to begin.
After getting very lucky and signing with an agent at CAA, Pinky landed a small role
on TV’s “Fame” and a couple B movies which shall remain nameless. Then came the
glorious 80’s melrose years. Turns out, working on Melrose in it’s hay day while
dressed like you’re in Siouxsie and the Banshees can get you some attention and
sometimes even a paying gig modeling or in a music video. You might recognize
Pinky as the girl in the pink Middle Eastern garb featured in REM’s “Loosing My
Religion” video or in Ween’s “Voodoo Lady” video as… you guessed it, “the voodoo
lady”.
Finally, in the early 90’s, Pinky began singing again in bands. After a short lived
recording project with songs written and produced by Ron & Russell Mael of Sparks
called Universe of Love, she became the back-up queen for many LA band’s live
shows and records until eventually making her way to the front of the stage in her
all girl blues band, The Blue Bonnets with Kathy Valentine of the GoGo’s. And then
again in one of LA’s first trip-hop bands, Guadaloop who saw some marginal
success after a West Coast tour opening for Fiona Apple.
After 30 years of living in Los Angeles and a couple close calls with realizing her
rock star dream, Pinky has come full circle. A serendipitous introduction to
legendary producer, John Fryer of 4AD and Mute Records fame, landed her in a
position to finally record an album of her own music, combining her love of the goth
and new wave music of the 80’s with the kitschy pop of the Shangri La’s in the soon
to be released project, Silver Ghost Shimmer, produced by John and co-written by
the pair.

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