Joan Jett (born September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress.
Jett is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song “Cherry Bomb”. The Blackhearts’ version of the song “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982. Jett’s other notable hit songs include “Bad Reputation”, “Crimson and Clover”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”, “Light of Day”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “Dirty Deeds”.
Joan Jett saw the Arrows perform “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” on their weekly UK television series Arrows when she was touring England with the Runaways in 1976. She first recorded the song in 1979 with two of the Sex Pistols: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. This first version was released on vinyl in 1979 on Vertigo records as a B-side to “You Don’t Own Me”.
In 1981, Jett re-recorded the song, this time with her band, the Blackhearts. This recording became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks.
Released on January 19, 1982, the single peaked at No 4 in the UK for three consecutive weeks.