American singer, songwriter and actress, Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper, professionally known as Cyndi Lauper, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 22,1953 to Fred and Catrine (née Gallo).
In 1977, Lauper met keyboardist John Turi and the two began a partnership writing some material. Later that year, the duo formed a group, Blue Angel and over the next few years, the group garnered monentum in New York, and eventually released a debut album via Polydor in 1980 albeit the album performed very poorly. Subsequently, Blue Angel disbanded.
Come 1983, Lauper secured a recording contract with Portrait, courtesy her boyfriend cum manager David Wolff. Shortly afterwards, she released her debut solo album “She’s So Unusual” which was the first debut female album to chart four (4) top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100: ‘Time After Time’, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’, ‘All Through the Night’ and ‘She Bop’.
In 2005, she released ‘The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough’, the theme song from the children’s adventure film The Goonies, thus widening her success.
Her second album, “True Colors”, was released in 1986, peaked at number four and was certified platinum. Its title track also peaked at number one.
“A Night to Remember”, her third album, was released in 1989 to poor reviews, albeit it bore the Top Ten hit ‘I Drove All Night’. It peaked atnumber 37 and sold poorly.
Lauper went MIA for four (4) years and returned in 1993 with her fourth album “Hat Full of Stars”. The record was no success, as it peaked at 112. By 1994, Lauper released a hits compilation “Twelve Deadly Cyns…and Then Some” in the U.K.; the album contained a remixed version of ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ which instantly became a number one hit.
Lauper released her fifth album, “Sisters of Avalon”, in 1997 to stale success. In 1998, “Merry Christmas…Have a Nice Life!” followed.
In 2010, her album “Memphis Blues” became Billboard’s most successful blues album of the year, remaining at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks.
In 2013, Lauper became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score (for composing Kinky Boots, the Broadway musical) -the musical went ahead to win five other Tonys. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording; she has also won awards at the New York’s Outer Critics Circle, Emmys, Billboard Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards amid selling over 50 million albums and 20 million singles globally.