June 22nd Cyndi Lauper (full name: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper
Thornton), is born in Brooklyn-New York on June 22nd 1953 (note
that a lot of biogaphies are wrong at this purpose: this is the
correct date). Her father is named Fred Lauper, her mother Catrine
Dominique (present in several videos), her sister Elen Lauper
(this one was, in politics, a member of the Socialist Workers
Party and she was a candidate for the mayor of Phoenix. She is
now an accupuncturist in Glendale) and her brother Fred (nicknamed
Cyndi took up playing the guitar and writing lyrics at the age
of twelve. The first song she learnt to play was "Greensleeves".
She went to 4 high schools. The one that gave her the honorary
high school diploma was Richmond Hill High School in Richmond
In the mid-seventies she performed as a vocalist with various
cover bands in the New York metropolitan area. She sang some songs
of Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, and some top
40 covers... The names of the cover bands were "Doc West", "Flyer",
... In 1977, Cyndi extensively damaged her vocal cords, leaving
her virtually voiceless.
1980 After a full year of therapy with voice coach Katie Agestra,
Cyndi's voice was back and soon Cyndi and multi-instrumentalist
John Turi formed a new band, 'Blue Angel', which released its
self-titled debut album in 1980. This album included Maybe He'll
Know and Lauper's soaring rendition of Gene Pitney's I'm Gonna
Cyndi Lauper signed with Portrait Records as a solo artist in
the spring of 1983. Her first solo album, She's So Unusual, was
released at the end of the year and went on to sell more than
4,5 million copies in the United States alone. Moreover the album
was the first of a female artist to score four Top Five singles
from a debut album: Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Time After Time,
She Bop and All Through The Night.
Recognition soon followed:
- American Music Awards for Favorite Female Vocalist Pop/Rock
- American Music Awards for Favorite Female Vocalist Video Pop/Rock
- a Grammy award for Best New Artist - "Rolling Stone" Best New
Artist and Best Female Video Artist - MTV Best Female Video Artist
- ... and many others
In 1984, Cyndi worked 350 days and neared her 300th concert mark.
She performed or promoted her records in 150 cities. But she also
found time to sit down and design all the T-shirts sold at her
1986 In '86 True Colors was launched, the cast of this album including
notables such as Billy Joel, Nile Rodgers, Rick Derringer, Aimee
Mann and The Bangles. Cyndi received a Grammy nomination for the
single True Colors. Cyndi co-produced this album.
In October 1988, Cyndi travelled to the Soviet Union as one of
a group of American songwriters collaborating with Soviet counterparts.
The outcome is a great song: Cold Sky found on the album Music
Speaks Louder Than Words.
1989 In 1989, Cyndi recorded the album A Night To Remember of
which some songs were re-released on a single in January 1990.
She again received a Grammy nomination for the single I Drove
Hit records, performances during mega-events as The Wall, award-winning
videos, sold-out concert tours and very positive media acclaim;
the rest, to use Lauper's expression, is "herstory".
November 24 She got married to actor David Thornton on November
24th 1991 at the Friends Meeting House in New York. Little Richard
led the couple in the recitation of their non-traditional vows,
and Patti Labelle sang the wedding theme "Come What May".
Cyndi's fourth album is Hat Full Of Stars. It's maybe the most
critically acclaimed to date:
- The Village Voice said: "Hat Full Of Stars is startingly wonderful.
The singing is stellar, the arrangements are happening". - Rolling
Stone gave the album 3 1/2 stars and said: "Her multi- octave
voice has never sounded better". - The New York Times said: "...
Her new songs are strong, the new Cyndi Lauper still embraces
the old one". - The Los Angeles Times called Hat Full Of Stars:
" ... her most consistently tuneful and ambitious album".
When talking about this album Cyndi says: "I wanted to make the
album I always needed to make. I had to say the things I never
could." In addition to co-producing and co-writing this album,
Cyndi is also directing three videos from it, making her one of
the few artist/directors in the pop world today.
In 1994, Cyndi released Twelve Deadly Cyns... And Then Some. This
album contains a lot of the singles hits. Although this album
has been released worldwide in 1994, it is only released in July
1995 in US.
1996 In 1996, Sisters Of Avalon, the best album so far is released
in Japan. For the first time, Cyndi took part in the writing of
every song. Jan Pulsford, the keyboardist co-wrote 11 songs. They
are now "Sisters Of Avalon".
The album Sisters Of Avalon is released worldwide. Cyndi is waiting
her first child, a boy. She announced it for the first time during
'Fox After Breakfast' on April 28th. She said: "I'm in my eleventh
week and I know I'm having a football player or model. I feel
like this kid should be in college by now, it's taking so long."
While pregnant, Cyndi tours in US as special guest of Tina Turner
for her "Wildest Dreams" tour for 3 months.
Declyn Wallace Thornton Lauper is born on November 19th 1997.
Cyndi left the clinic with her baby on November 24th. The baby
was waited for November 16th.
1998 Cyndi worked on her sitcom which unfortunately won't never
be broadcasted... Then in October, she released her Christmas
album. This album was the last one with Sony.
1999 Cyndi continued to work on her sitcom, appeared twice in
Mad About You and did a US Tour as a Cher's special guest. Disco
Inferno was a hit in the US clubs during summer. She is still
looking for a new label.