Born on January 15, 1951, in Berkeley, CA, Martha Davis earned great acclaim as the frontwoman and a guiding artistic force with the Los Angeles band the Motels during the 1980s. Her career had begun several years when she joined the Berkeley act Warfield Foxes in 1971 as a vocalist and guitarist. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1975, the band changed their name to the Motels and unsuccessfully shopped their demos before breaking up in 1976. Two years later, Davis reorganized the band with guitarist Jeff Jourard. Over the next decade, the Motels would release five records and notch a pair of Top Ten singles with "Only the Lonely" and "Suddenly Last Summer." In February 1987, following the defections of several members, Davis announced she was leaving the Motels to pursue a solo career. Her first solo release, Policy, was issued in November ...
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