Remembering Connie Hamzy: Famous Rock Groupie Dies at 66

Connie Hamzy

Connie Hamzy’s life is more than just her brief cameo in a 30-year-old song. She is part of one of the world’s most notorious rock n roll groupies that date back to the 1970s. Her list of escapades featured in a Cosmopolitan magazine profile features some of the most famous rock musicians. ZZ Top, the Doobie Brothers, the Allman Brothers Band, and Bad Company are just a few that spring to mind. When her mother dropped her off at a Steppenwolf concert when she was 15 years old, little did she know that her daughter would have her first groupie experience later that day. Connie Hamzy, who had collected several nicknames over the years, such as “Sweet Sweet’ Connie or Connie Flowers, is claimed to have had sex with numerous rock musicians, including a high profile proposition with Bill Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas.

Her Road To Fame

Connie Hamzy was born on 9th January 1955 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Hamzy was desperate to become a famous groupie. Her first encounter was with Jerry Edmonton of Steppenwolf when she was just 15 years old. Connie Hamzy would not stop at that. She was later with Keith Moon of The Who before hooking up with John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Her association with the two drummers increasingly gravitated towards drummers who wanted to know about John Bonham and Keith Moon. In one of her interviews with Howard Stern, Connie regrets not having an affair with Neal Peart. Her celebrity status was confirmed in 1973 with the release of the song “We’re an American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad, which became their most famous single. The lyrics of the song mention Connie Hamzy in the lines, “Out on the road for 40 days/ Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze Sweet, sweet Connie.”

Hamzy’s first time listening to the Don Brewer lyrics was after her high school graduation as she was swimming in a pool in Little Rock. During an appearance on The Joan Rivers Show during the 90s, Connie Hamzy revealed how she got into the groupie lifestyle. She pointed out that not everybody was born to be a cheerleader or in the honor society. Connie pointed out that her passion was going to concerts and creating relationships with musicians who were his old friends. Hamzy has detailed some of her most famous exploits, some of which include performing oral sex on Don Henley of The Eagles as well as the pilot who was flying the plane. Hamzy also took pride in bedding almost all Van Halen crew before describing Alex Van Halen as a warm, affectionate lover. In the late 1980s, some of Connie Hamzy’s famous groupie comrades, such as Pamela Des Barres and Bebe Buell, slowly drifted away from the groupie lifestyle to settle down and start families of their own. However, Connie proved that she was in the groupie game for the long haul by continuing with her groupie lifestyle into the 90s. At one point during the ’80s, Connie Hamzy was a grade school substitute teacher due to her love for children. However, she was sacked by the school board after they found out who she was.

Connie Hamzy Affair With Bill Clinton

In 1991, Bill Clinton declared his interest in vying for the presidential nomination, which presented an excellent opportunity for Connie Hamzy to make some waves. In an interview with Penthouse, Hamzy revealed that she had an encounter with Bill Clinton at a hotel in North Little Rock while he was married to Hillary Clinton. In the interview, Hamzy claimed that Bill Clinton spotted her while she was sunbathing naked at a hotel pool before going to a laundry room together, where they fondled before someone interrupted them. In 2016, she gave her account of events over a polygraph test where she shared details about the Bill Clinton scandal and mailed the results to Donald Trump, who she was supporting at the time.

Connie Hamzy’s Love for the Groupie Life

It is no secret that Connie loved the groupie life and was addicted to it. From her 1995 book titled Rock Groupie: The Intimate Adventures of “Sweet Connie” from Little Rock, Hamzy gives details about how her life as a groupie started about and how much she was into that life. She also admitted that she couldn’t resist the allure, the thrill, and the chase of meeting famous rock stars. In an interview with Howard Stern, who told her that celebrity rockers were passing her around like a plate of potatoes, Connie had this to say, “Well, a plate of hot potatoes.” Apart from Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band,” it is rumored that Connie Hamzy was subject to a host of other songs, including the 1985 Cheap Trick song, “Standing on the Edge.”

Sweet Sweet Connie’s Last Days

On 21st August 2021, it was announced that Connie Hamzy had died in her hometown in Arkansas at the age of 66 following a “brief illness.” Connie Hamzy had spent her last days in a hospice, and more details about her passing on were not released. People who were close to her chose to respect her privacy, and instead of divulging details about her death, they decided to honor her legacy by sharing outpouring messages. Reports indicate that Connie Hamzy was taken to the hospital after she had complained of stomach pain. The reason for checking her into a hospice was a suspected liver or pancreas disease. One Twitter user shared her condolence message saying that Connie was a neighbor to a friend, and she showed up to her 21st birthday party and shared stories of her groupie life which were unforgettable. Another Twitter user remembered a time when she walked off an interview to go and buy weed after her dealer drove up. The user also recalled when Connie announced her plans to run for Congress and mayor of Little Rock, which she did unsuccessfully.

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