The GTOs were a "groupie group" that consisted of Miss Pamela (Pamela Des Barres), Miss Sparky (Linda Sue Parker), Miss Lucy, Miss Christine (Christine Frka), Miss Sandra (Sandra Leano), Miss Mercy and Miss Cynderella. All the girls, in there teen years, ended up on the sunset strip, the only place they could really be excepted for there differences.
I had heard a lot of tainted stories about Vito and his band of merry maniacs, and had seen them around town, dancing with total abandon, adorning clubs and concert halls, blowing minds before the phrase exised.
"...this adorable big-eyed girl with high hopes...". Miss Pamela and Miss Sparky quickly became best friends doing everything today when one night they approached a girl they'd seen many times at Vito's, Miss Lucy, Miss Pamela recalls
"Miss Lucy was a puerto rican bombshell...She had a sway back, so her bottom stuck out like she was asking for it...
Miss Lucy eventually joined in with Miss Pamela and Miss Sparky whenever they went out and about.
Miss Sandra had travelled to LA from San Pedro with Miss Christine. First the girls started to hang out around town with Miss Sandra but both Sandra and Christine lived in the basement of Frank Zappa's log cabin up on Laurel Canyon, and Miss Christine eventually opened her heart to the other girls. Miss Christine was the live-in nanny for Zappa's children, Dweezil and Moon Unit, before Miss Pamela took over the position during the late 1960s. Next was Miss Mercy, Miss Mercy had emigrated from the Haight Ashbury hippie scene to LA due to "boredom", alleging she "couldn't be a hippie forever". In her book, I'm With the Band, Des Barres refers to Mercy at that time as "a human facsimilie", although they are still incredibly close friends. Miss Cynderella was last to join, she was brought in by Miss Mercy. The GTO's liked her ideas, and let her in the group with "open arms" but decided that after her there could be no more members. Miss Cynderella was a known liar and loved to make up stories, so there is not much known about her, as she is truely mysterious.
"GTOs" was an acronym for the full band name "Girls Together Outrageously", but at one time the 'O' could stand for a variety of words, such as 'Openly', 'Only' etc. Performances by the group were sparse, although they created quite the scene with their 1968 performance at the Shrine Auditorium. They had an album, Permanent Damage which was produced in 1969 by Frank Zappa and Lowell George (track 7 and 11). The songs are mixed in with conversations had between the members of the group, friends, and others, including Cynthia Plaster Caster and Rodney Bingenheimer. The album features songwriting contributions from Lowell George, Jeff Beck and Davy Jones. Permanent Damage was re-issued on CD in 1989 by Enigma Retro. The album is extremely hard to find, it's on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, and CD but all forms are extremely hard to find (I myself payed 20 bucks for the cassette).
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