Musical Monday: Suzanne Vega

I’m still covering artists I’ve seen live more than once. It’s only when you do posts like these that you realise just how many artists you’ve seen live. I may or may not move onto those I’ve only seen once and definitely won’t be covering those that disappointed!

Today’s artist is Suzanne Nadine Vega (1959 – ), an American singer-songwriter best known for her folk-inspired music.]Vega’s musical career spans over 40 years. She came to prominence in the mid-1980s, releasing four singles that entered the Top 40 charts in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s, including Marlene on the Wall, Left of Center, Luka and No Cheap Thrill.

Tom’s Diner, which was originally released as a cappella recording on Vega’s second album, Solitude Standing (1987), was remixed in 1990 as a dance track by English electronic duo DNA with Vega as featured artist, and it became a Top 10 hit in over five countries. The original capella recording of the song was used as a test during the creation of the MP3 format.The role of her song in the development of the MP3 compression prompted Vega to be given the title of The Mother of the MP3.

Vega has released nine studio albums to date, the latest of which is Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, released in 2016.

14 Comments on “Musical Monday: Suzanne Vega

  1. I’ve always liked this song from the first time I heard it. But I’d never heard it without the music. Cool 🙂


  2. I love her work very much. A friend of mine had an album in which she collected all the versions of Tom’s Diner (and one version of Rusted Pipe) that people had done without paying royalties and released the album so she could get the money. Interesting idea.
    She is awesome.

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