Daytona Demon

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"Daytona Demon"
Single by Suzi Quatro
B-side “Roman Fingers”
Released 1973
Format 7" single
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:02
Label RAK Records
Writer(s) Mike Chapman
Nicky Chinn
Producer(s) Mike Chapman
Nicky Chinn
Suzi Quatro singles chronology
"48 Crash"
"Daytona Demon"
"All Shook Up"

“Daytona Demon” is the third single by Suzi Quatro, released in 1973. The song is frequently believed to be a revision of Freddy Cannon's "Tallahassee Lassie" and a reference to Daytona Beach in Florida[1] in which Quatro's lover is equated with a fast car.

"Daytona Demon" was never included on the US or other foreign release of her second album Quatro and remained unavailable in any format in the US[2] until the advent of the CD and numerous compilations in the 1990s.[3] "Daytona Demon" has been a staple of Quatro's numerous hits compilation albums since then. On the 2011 expanded issue of Suzi Quatro, “Daytona Demon” and its B-side "Roman Fingers"[4] were included as bonus tracks.

Following on from two Australian number ones, “Daytona Demon” peaked at number three in the autumn of 1974,[5] but in the UK, where she had also had major success with her previous two singles, the song was a minor failure when it only peaked at number 14 late in 1973.[6][7]


  1. ^ Ausländer, Phillip; Performing Glam Rock: Gender And Theatricality in Popular Music; p. 210. ISBN 0472068687
  2. ^ "Suzi Quatro - Daytona Demon at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Suzi". Suzi Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 785–6. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  5. ^ Kent, David; Australian Chart Book, 1970-1992 ISBN 0-646-11917-6
  6. ^ "SUZI QUATRO | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 444. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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