On October 21, 2006, Sandy West passed away.
Sandy West is best known for being the drummer, as well as one of the founding members of The Runaways. The Runaways, which included Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, Jackie Fox, and Joan Jett, were the first teenage, all-girl rock band to achieve commercial and critical success in the 1970s, successfully entering the male-dominated world of rock music. Some of their biggest hits included “Cherry Bomb,” “Queens of Noise,” and “Rock n Roll.” West, who was an avid smoker, passed away of lung cancer that spread to her brain at the age of 47. She is remembered as one of the greatest female drummers of all time, with Time magazine describing her as a “pioneering rock drummer whose muscular riffs propelled the punk-metal sound of The Runaways.”
She was portrayed by actress Stella Maeve in the 2010 film, “The Runaways,” which also starred Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, and Scout Taylor-Compton, who portrayed Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and Lita Ford, respectively. Jackie Fox refused to give permission to have her character portrayed in the film. During the audio commentary of the film, Joan Jett dedicated the 2010 film to Sandy West.
The Runaways performing “Cherry Bomb” in Japan in 1977: