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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Taking the Music World by Surprise

Today in Music History: January 10

Music of the day is music of today. Whether the songs were hits in the 40s, 50s, 60s or any decade thereafter, the melodies remain embedded in the scrapbook of the mind. Each page is continuously being revisited through radio, television, Internet or simply personal memories.

Welcome into the Spotlight...


Cyndi Lauper: an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the '80s with a string of pop hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

Cyndi Lauper burst onto the charts with her debut album, She's So Unusual (1983). With her eclectic clothes, flamboyantly styled hair and contagious pop melodies, Lauper took the music world by surprise, and the record sold almost 5 million copies. Lauper scored a string of hits that included "Time After Time" and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," and won the 1984 Grammy Award for best new artist. In June 2013, Lauper's musical Kinky Boots won six Tony Awards, including for best musical, best leading man and best original score. [Source: Bio.com]

A true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Cyndi Lauper continues to reach new heights as a career artist.
1984 Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry in 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She won the Grammy for Best New Artist. In 2014, Cyndi was nominated and won the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, Kinky Boots.
In the current spotlight...

  Emily West Performs "True Colors" With Cyndi Lauper
on America's Got Talent 2014 Finale
No. 1 Singles on This Day...

1953 Jo Stafford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Belong To Me'. Originally a singer with Tommy Dorsey until 1942, Stafford was the first female to have a No.1 on the UK singles Chart.
1957 Tommy Steele and the Steelmen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Singing The Blues'. Guy Mitchell had been at No.1 the previous week with his version and then returned to No.1 the following week.
1958 Jerry Lee Lewis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Great Balls Of Fire'. Lewis was the only major white rock 'n' roll star to play piano rather than guitar.
1976  CW McCall went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Convoy', it made No.2 in the UK. CW McCall was in fact an advertising agent whose real name was Bill Fries.


And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times..