“Sweet” Connie Hamzy Parente (born January 9, 1955), also called “Sweet Sweet” Connie or Connie Flowers, is an American woman who is known as a groupie who claims to have had s*x with numerous rock musicians. Hamzy also received some attention for her claim that she was propositioned by Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas.
Connie Hamzy Parente
January 9, 1955
Little Rock, Arkansas
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She is mentioned in Grand Funk Railroad’s song “We’re an American Band” (“Sweet, sweet Connie, doin’ her act/ She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact.”)
Hamzy personally claims to have given oral sex to various members of the many bands that have traveled through Little Rock. Her alleged groupie escapades were detailed in a Cosmopolitan profile in 1974, and in 1992 she wrote a tell-all article for Penthouse.
In 1991, Hamzy was briefly in the news due to her claim that, in 1984, she had been approached by an Arkansas state trooper on behalf of Bill Clinton. She claimed that she and Clinton had looked for “a place where they could have some privacy for an assignation, but couldn’t find one.” George Stephanopoulos later recounted that Clinton told him a different story of his meeting with Hamzy. According to Clinton, Hamzy had approached him in a hotel lobby, flipped down her bikini top, and asked him, “What do you think of these?” Stephanopoulos secured affidavits from three people who had been accompanying Clinton and confirmed Clinton’s recollection. When asked about Hamzy by reporters, Stephanopoulos responded by denying the story off the record and offering to provide the affidavits, also off the record. Although CNN Headline News reported Hamzy’s allegations once, neither CNN nor other mainstream news organizations pursued the story further.
Hamzy published a memoir in 1995 under the title Rock Groupie: The Intimate Adventures of “Sweet Connie” from Little Rock.
In 1996, Hamzy sought to run as an independent for the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas’ 2nd congressional district but ultimately did not appear on the general election ballot.
Hamzy was featured in a segment of the Insomniac with Dave Attell episode in Little Rock.
She was also interviewed on the Howard Stern Show on December 4, 1991, and again on December 8, 2010
As long as there’s an American band around, Connie Hamzy will keep “doin’ her act.”
Connie Hamzy, born Jan. 9, 1955, in Little Rock, Ark., has collected several nicknames over the years. Some call her Connie Flowers, “Sweet” Connie Hamzy, “Sweet Sweet” Connie, or just simply “Sweet Sweet.” A prominent rock groupie, her celebrity status was solidified in two lines from the Grand Funk Railroad’s 1973 song, “We’re an American Band,” which became the group’s first number-one single:
“Sweet, sweet Connie, doin’ her act
She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact.”
Connie Hamzy’s early escapades
Bands she was allegedly associated with include Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Bad Company, ZZ Top, and the Doobie Brothers. In 2005, Spin dubbed her“the world’s most notorious rock’n’roll groupie.” But she wasn’t just a 70s groupie. Hamzy was in it for the long haul.
Hamzy was only 15 years old when she was with her first rock star, the drummer for Steppenwolf, Jerry Edmonton. Then she moved on to Keith Moon of The Who and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.
Drummers soon became her niche. “The drummers gravitated to me because they wanted to hear about John Bonham and Keith Moon,” she told Howard Stern in an interview. There was one drummer who got away, though. “I haven’t had Neal Peart. That I regret,” she said.
In the 1980s, while her fellow groupie comrades like Pamela Des Barres and Bebe Buell slowly drifted out of the scene to start families or write books about their wild exploits, Hamzy continued her groupie lifestyle into the 90s.
Connie Hamzy’s affair with politics
In fact, some of the biggest waves she made came in 1991, shortly after Bill Clinton declared his candidacy for the presidential nomination. In a tell-all published by Penthouse magazine, Hamzy alleged that in 1984 she had an encounter with Clinton in a North Little Rock hotel while he was governor of Arkansas and married to Hillary Clinton. Hamzy said Bill spotted her while she was sunbathing by the hotel pool. The two of them went into the laundry room and fondled each other until they were abruptly interrupted.
Hamzy said that the incident fell on deaf ears. Political journalist George Stephanopoulos got affidavits from three individuals who said she approached Clinton and he rebuffed her. CNN picked up the story but dropped it after the affidavits were produced.
In 1995, she wrote a book titled Rock Groupie: The Intimate Adventures of “Sweet Connie” from Little Rock, but her love for rock stars didn’t stop. In her 2005 interview with Spin, when she was 50 years old, she told a story of a recent encounter with Neil Diamond while she was hanging on a tour bus.
“Then he gets high with us and disappears backstage. A few minutes later, his manager says he wants to see me in his dressing room. So I knock on the door, and there’s Neil waiting for me in a blue robe.”
It wasn’t an unlikely encounter, given that Hamzy was reportedly backstage at every Arkansas gig well into the new millennium. “She’s a legend in Little Rock,” said Chris King, owner of the local music venue Sticky Fingerz.
Howard asked if Connie ever felt insulted that the rockers just passed her around like a plate of potatoes. “Well, a plate of good potatoes,” she replied.
Connie Hamzy, now 63, was back in the news in October of 2016 when she rehashed the sexual episode with Bill Clinton. She took a polygraph test about the alleged Clinton scandal and mailed the results over to Donald Trump’s campaign, to whom she gave her full support.
This is Connie in her final days.
“Rock and Roll devours its own young.” – Phicklephilly
Connie Hamzy, better known by her alias ‘Sweet, Sweet Connie’ died Saturday night around 7:30 p.m.
According to reports, Hamzy traveled to the hospital Tuesday after suffering from stomach pain. She would later be checked into hospice Thursday, with a suspected liver or pancreas disease.
Hamzy first gained recognition at the age of 17 when Grand Funk Railroad’s band manager contacted her, letting her know that she was mentioned in a line of a song that would go on to become a number one record: ‘We’re an American Band.’
Out on the road for forty days
Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze
Sweet, sweet Connie, doin ’ her act
She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact
The line would later go on to change the North Little Rock native’s life as it turned her into a household name in the rock n’ roll community.
Throughout the years, Hamzy spent time with groups such as Queen, the Eagles, and Kiss. She even found herself on tour with Van Halen, her group of choice, during the band’s ‘Monsters of Rock Tour’ in 1988.
RIP, Sweet Connie.
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