Cyndi Lauper Part One
“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, caught my attention, but her personality kept me as a fan, so I’m doing Cyndi Lauper Part One.
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (birthed June 22, 1953), referred to as Cyndi Lauper, is an American singer, songwriter, actress and also activist. Her career has actually covered over 40 years. Her album She‘s So Unusual (1983) was the very first debut album by a women musician to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—“Girls Just Want to Have Fun“, “Time After Time“, “She Bop“, and “All Through the Night“— and also earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the film The Goonies as well as her second record True Colors (1986 ). This album consisted of the number one single “True Colors“ and also “Change of Heart“, which peaked at number three.
Lauper during the premiere of
Kinky Boots in Sydney, 2017
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper
June 22, 1953 (age 66)
New York City, U.S.
David Thornton (m. 1991)
- New Wave
- Blue Angel
- The Hooters
Given that 1983, Lauper has released eleven studio albums and participated in several other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues came to be Billboard‘s most successful blues album of the year, continuing to be at top on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself. The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded theGrammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. In 2016, the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards
Lauper has actually sold over 50 million albums and also 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New York‘s Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Billboard Awards, as well as American Music Awards (AMAs). An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and also the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is just one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT). Lauper won the inaugural Best Female Video reward at the 1984 VMAs for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“. This music video is recognized by MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music videos of the era. She is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum‘s Women Who Rock exhibit. Her debut album is included in Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while “Time After Time“ is included in VH1‘s list of the 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 years. VH1 has actually placed Lauper No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.
Lauper is recognized for her unique image, including a range of hair colors and also eccentric clothes, as well as for her powerful and also unique four-octave singing range.
Lauper has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, especially as an advocate for LGBT rights in the USA. Her charitable efforts were recognized in 2013 when she was invited as a special guest to participate in President of The U.S.A. Barack Obama‘s second-term inauguration.
On May 18, 2019, Lauper was awarded the Doctor of Letters by Northern Vermont University-Johnson for her “highest degree of excellence“ in her discipline and her commitment to raising awareness as well as funds for the LGBTQ community. Lauper attended the university, after that referred to as a Johnson State College, between 1973 and 1974 as an Art major.
Life And Career
1953–1979: Early life
Lauper was born in Astoria, New York City to a Catholic family. Her dad, Fred, was of German and Swiss descent. Her mom, Catrine (née Gallo), is Italian American (from Sicily).Lauper‘s siblings are younger, brother Fred (nicknamed Butch), and her older sister, Ellen. Lauper‘s parents divorced when she was five. Her mom remarried and got divorced again.
Lauper grew up in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens and also, as a child, listened to such musicians as The Beatles and Judy Garland. At age 12, she started writing songs and playing an acoustic guitar given to her by her sister.
Lauper expressed herself with a variety of hair colors, eccentric clothes as well as also took a friend‘s advice to spell her name as “Cyndi“ instead of “Cindy“ as well as her unusual sense of style brought about classmates bullying her, with some cruel children actually throwing rocks at her (probably for being unashamedly “different“).
Lauper went to Richmond Hill High School, however was expelled, although she later earned her GED. She left home at 17, to escape her abusive stepfather, intending to study art. Her journey took her to Canada, where she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog Sparkle, trying to find herself. She at some point traveled to Vermont, where she took art classes at Johnson State College as well as supported herself working odd jobs.
In the early 1970s, Lauper performed as a singer with numerous cover bands. One, called Doc West, covered disco songs in addition to Janis Joplin. A later band, Flyer, was active in the New York city, singing hits by bands including Bad Company, Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin. Although Lauper was performing on stage, she was not pleased singing covers. In 1977, Lauper damaged her vocal cords and took a year off from singing. She was informed by doctors that she would never sing again, however regained her voice with the help of vocal coach Katie Agresta.