Musical Monday: Cindie Lauper

This week, it’s the turn of American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist Cyndi Lauper whose career has spanned over 40 years – a bit like mine!

Her album She’s So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100— Girls Just Want to Have Fun (featured below),  Time After Time, She Bop and All Through the Night —and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 1985 Grammy Awards. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors(1986). This album included the number one single True Colors and Change of Heart, which peaked at number three. In 1989, she had a hit with I Drove All Night (2nd video).

Since 1983, Lauper has released eleven studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues became Billboard‘s most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for thirteen consecutive weeks. In 2013, she 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 the Grammy 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 sold over 50 million records worldwide and has won loads of awards. An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards.  

Lauper is known for her distinctive image, featuring a variety of hair colours and eccentric clothing, and for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range. She has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when she was invited as a special guest to attend U.S. President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration.

 

18 Comments on “Musical Monday: Cindie Lauper

  1. Cyndi Lauper is amazing! I didn’t know she wrote the soundtrack for “The Goonies.” My kids and I used to say so many quotes from that film–it’s awesome. As is Cyndi.

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  2. Cyndi Lauper is amazing, and I was surprised when I found out that she is only three months younger than I am, because she always seems so full of energy.

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