Cyndi Lauper Biography

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Summary

"Cynthia Ann Stephanie 'Cyndi' Lauper" (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. She became a household name in the mid-eighties with the release of the album, 'She's So Unusual' and became the first artist in history to have four top ten singles released from one album. Cyndi has released 11 albums, over 40 singles, and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She continues to tour the world in support of human rights.

Early life and pre-fame

Arguably the biggest star of the early MTV Era, Lauper was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in a rough area of Queens. Her parents are Fred and Catrine Lauper. Her mother uses the stagename, 'Catrine Dominique' for the music videos she has starred in. Her father was of German and Swiss descent and her mother was Italian American (Sicilian, precisely). She has a sister (Elen) and a brother (Frank/Butch).

At the age of five, Cyndi's parents divorced, and her mother took the three children and moved them to 'Ozone Park' which was at that time a poor neighborhood in Queens, New York. Cyndi had gone to a Catholic school but was kicked out after they found out her parents were no longer together. Cyndi was sent to another Catholic school in upstate New York that was more of a convent. Cyndi claims that the new school was very abusive. She says that she was scratching the back of another girl one night when a nun physically attacked her and called her a 'lesbian.' Cyndi left the convent after six months, returning to a local public school near her home.

Cyndi's mother had remarried and divorced again, and went to work as a waitress trying to support three children. It was during this time that Cyndi saw how women can be oppressed, and how things aren't always equal in the world. Cyndi knew this was a situation she wanted to get out of, and she found hope through music. She began listening to artists like Judy Garland, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Beatles. Her mother always wanted her to be independent and encouraged creativity, but Cyndi always felt like an outcast.

At the age of 12, Cyndi learned how to play a guitar that she had inherited from her sister. Cyndi started to write her own lyrics during this time. She had a great love of art and music and tried to find ways to express herself. Even at the early age of 12, Cyndi started dying her hair different colors and wearing clothes that most people would find unusual.

Cyndi was accepted in a special public high school for students with talent in the visual arts, but she was held back and eventually dropped out and earned her GED sometime later. At the age of seventeen she left home planning to study art. Her journey would take her to Canada, where she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog, 'Sparkle,' trying to find herself. She eventually wound up in Vermont where she ended up taking art classes at Johnson State College. She supported herself by working various odd jobs. Feeling homesick, she eventually returned to Ozone Park.

In the mid-seventies Lauper performed as a vocalist with various cover bands (such as 'Doc West' and 'Flyer' who still perform under the names 'Gap Wilson Band' and ('Red, White and Blues Band') in the New York metropolitan area, singing hits by bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, and Bad Company. Even though Cyndi was now performing onstage, she wasn't happy singing cover songs.

In 1977, Cyndi damaged her vocal cords, and took a year off. She was told by three doctors that she would never sing again. Cyndi's friends told her to see a vocal coach, which led her to (Katie Agresta), who helped Cyndi regain her voice by teaching her proper vocal exercises.

Biography

Blue Angel

In 1978, after Lauper regained her voice, she met saxophone player John Turi through her manager Ted Rosenblatt. John and Cyndi became writing partners and formed a band called 'Blue Angel.' They decided to put everything they had into making an album of original material.

A few demos were recorded and the tape found its way over to Roger Massarky, who was managing 'The Allman Brothers Band.' Massarky said the tape was horrible, but he was attracted to Lauper's voice. He saw them play live and eventually started managing the band after buying their contract out for $5,000. Many people wanted to sign Cyndi only if she would sign on as a solo artist. Cyndi held out, wanting the band to be included in any deal she made. Polydor Records eventually signed them as a band.

In 1980, they released a self-titled album on Polydor Records. The album charted #38 in Austria with the single I'm Gonna Be Strong. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers. Cyndi hated the cover, often saying they made her look like 'Big Bird.'

Despite critical acclaim, the album sold poorly (or 'went lead,' as Lauper says) and the band broke up. Polydor Records had a regime change, and the label wouldn't let the band back into the studio unless they had a hit. The members of 'Blue Angel' had a falling out with Massarky and fired him as their manager. He later filed an $80,000 suit against them. This forced Lauper into bankruptcy.

Lauper started working in retail stores such as the New York high-end thrift store 'Screaming Mimi's' to make ends meet. Cyndi still sang in local clubs. Her most frequent gigs were at El Sombrero. Music critics that saw Cyndi perform with Blue Angel thought that she had star potential since she had a wide singing range (4 octaves), perfect pitch, and a vocal style all her own. She was in her late twenties and had yet to achieve stardom. When asked about her age, Cyndi would usually get defensive, saying, 'What am I, a car?'

Then in 1981, while singing in a local New York bar, Lauper met David Wolff, who gave her a ride home that night. The two fell in love and eventually moved in together. They moved in together, painted their living room pink and purchased a chihuahua.

Wolff took over as her manager and got her signed with Portrait Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Records. Wolff had been working with a band called 'Arc Angel.' He introduced Cyndi to CBS executive Lennie-Petze, who in turn introduced them to producer Rick Chertoff.

In 1985,the album was re-issued, and it brought moderate success particularly in South East Asia where it produced several hits like "Fade", "I'm Gonna Be Strong", and "Late".

She's So Unusual

On October 14 1983, "She's So Unusual" was released, and became a worldwide hit.

With the help of Rick Chertoff, Eric Bazilian & Rob Hyman (of The Hooters) as her primary studio musicians, 'She's So Unusual"s popularity spread like wildfire. At the time, Lauper became very popular with teenagers and critics, in part due to her hybrid punk image.

Cyndi knew she could write songs, but the record company had a lot of material they wanted her to record. A lot of the songs that were thrown her way, she altered, often changing the lyrics to suit her. (Ths would end up helping her in the long run financially as she could claim credit as a co-writer and collect royalties.)

An example is 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun', written by Robert Hazard, a Philadelphia singer/songwriter who had a band called Robert Hazard and the Heroes. Hazard recorded his demo of the song in 1979. Cyndi says the original lyrics of the song dealt more with a girl pleasing a man, therefore she changed the lyrics, wanting the song to be more of an anthem as she felt the original song seemed misogynistic.

The album's second single was the ballad (co-written by Hyman) 'Time After Time'. Cyndi wrote 'Time After Time' when her producer, Rick Chertoff, suggested to the band that the album could use one more song. The record label didn't have much faith in Cyndi as a songwriter, but they gave her the chance to prove herself. Notably, 'Time Afer Time' was one of the biggest hits of 1984. It has been covered by more than 100 artists, including Blaque, Brooke, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Matthews Band, Donna Hughes, Downtown Singapore, Eva Cassidy, Everything But The Girl, Flying Pickets, The Gandharvas, Happy Hardcore, The Hooters (whose member co-wrote the original), Inoj, Julio Iglesias, Kane and Able, Li'l Mo, Matchbox Twenty, Miles Davis, Novaspace, Paul Anka, Paul Parker Jr., Richard Clayderman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarge, Sparklehorse, Sugar Ray, Tuck Andress & Patti Austin, Uncle Kracker and Willie Nelson, and is considered an American pop standard.

The third single, 'She Bop', was a paean to masturbation. Cyndi claimed in a 1993 interview with Howard Stern that she recorded the vocals naked. Worldwide, it is her second largest selling single, behind 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'.

'All Through the Night' was written by Jules Shear, who also wrote The Bangles hit 'If She Knew What She Wants' and the Alison Moyet hit 'Whispering Your Name'. It was later released in Europe as the lead off single for Roxette's female lead vocalist(Marie Frederickson)'s solo album.

The album includes a cover of The Brains' New Wave track 'Money Changes Everything' and 'When You Were Mine', a cover of Prince's song that was later released as a promotional single in 1985.

Cyndi spent 1984 touring and promoting "She's So Unusual". By the end of the year, she was the first female to have four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 hits from one album. The LP itself stayed in the Top 40 charts for more than 65 weeks and sold 16 million copies worldwide.

Cyndi came up with the title for 'Time After Time' while reading TV Guide. 'Time After Time' was the name of a 1979 science fiction movie starring Malcolm McDowell as a man who invents a time machine. She has also stated that the apartment that she shared with David had a very loud alarm clock, and that's where the lyrics 'the clock ticks and I think of you' originated.

The original title of She's So Unusual was 'She's So Wonderful'.

Lauper started 1985 by participating on USA for Africa's famine-relief fund-raising single 'We Are the World.'

The video for 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' made Cyndi an MTV staple. The video ran constantly on MTV, and featured wrestler Captain Lou Albano as Lauper's father. It won the first ever award for Best Female Video at the 1984 Video Music Awards. The video featured many of Cyndi's family members and dog, 'Sparkle.'

Cyndi appeared on the cover of 'Rolling Stone Magazine' in May of 1984. The photo on the cover had been reversed to make room for the title.

The video for 'Money Changes Everything' was shot during a concert at the 'Summit' in Houston, Texas. The concert was broadcast over the radio and fans were told to show up wearing white t-shirts.

At the beginning of the video for 'Time After Time', Lauper is watching the 1936 film Garden of Allah.

She also appeared on the cover of 'Time Magazine' and 'Newsweek' with the headline, 'Women In Rock'. Cyndi was voted by 'Women Magazine' as one of its women of the year.

During the 'She Bop' video shoot, Cyndi meticulously dabbed tint in the hair of some 20 dancing extras. She color coordinated everything from eye shadow to outfits.

Cyndi became the first artist to release a 12' record with Girls Just Want To Have Fun.

The WWF

Cyndi always claims that David was a major fan of wrestling and it was his idea to get her involved with the WWF (World Wrestling Federation). The WWF television show had a massive audience, and David thought that he could sell more albums if she appeared on the show. The idea worked, but Cyndi's image as a songwriter and artist would be tarnished. David set up a cross-promotion deal with the WWF. The wrestlers would be promoted through her videos and special appearances, and Cyndi would be featured on the WWF program.

In 1985, Cyndi won a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category. At the event, she appeared with WWF Superstar Hulk Hogan, who played her 'bodyguard.' In return, she made many appearances as herself in a number of WWF's 'Rock and Wrestling' events, where she was supposedly the manager of Wendi Richter. Their entrance music was 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun.'

Cyndi and David had a long drawn out storyline involving WWF wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper. Cyndi appeared on 'Piper's Pit' which was Roddy Piper's segment on the WWF show. The story involved Captain Lou Albano, who came out during Cyndi's segment claiming that he had given Cyndi her start, and that he was the one that discovered her. Cyndi became outraged, flipping over a table, and hitting the Captain over the head with her purse.

On December 28th, 1984 at Madison Square Garden, an award was being presented to Captain Lou Albano by Cyndi Lauper and David Wolff. 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper turned on Lauper and started attacking her music. Roddy climbed into the ring, slammed the award over Captain Lou's head, and during the confusion, Roddy kicked Cyndi, knocking her back about two feet. Roddy then picked up David Wolff slamming him down in the ring. Hulk Hogan came to Cyndi's resuce but Piper ran away.

The event made for good television, and Roddy's story is conflicting as to whether or not the kick was intentional or staged. On his most recent DVD 'Born To Controversy', Piper claims he was asked to kick her. In 2007, during an interview at a GI-Joe convention in Atlanta, Piper claims it wasn't intentional (You Tube).

A small riot ensued, and Piper became the sworn enemy of Hulk Hogan. He and Hogan wound up in a match that took place a few weeks later called 'The War to Settle the Score.' Celebrities like Dee Snider and Little Richard filmed segments for the WWF talking about Cyndi and Roddy Piper.

In February of 1985 'The War to Settle the Score' was aired live on MTV. The event would feature Hulk Hogan against Rowdy Piper. Paul Orndorff jumped into the ring to help Piper attack Hogan. Cyndi was standing near the ring screaming at them, when they decided to come after her. Mr. T, who was sitting in the front row, came to her rescue. Paul Orndorff and Piper ganged up on Mr. T while Hogan was down, but when Hogan came to, Piper and Orndoff ran out of the ring. This was the event that started 'Wrestlemania.'

The WWF wrestlers recorded an album in 1985 with David Wolff. Lauper contributed to 'The Wrestling Album', under the pseudonym 'Mona Flambé' as guest backing vocals. She later described the period as fun, but it became an increasing distraction to her musical ambitions. Also by the end of 1985 she started to feel that the WWF involvement was starting to turn her into a joke within the music industry. The album also led to a collaboration with 'Rick Derringer.' Rick wrote "Real American", which featured Cyndi on backing vocals. Rick and Cyndi would write 'Calm Inside The Storm' for her 'True Colors' album.

During David Wolff's early career, he produced a band called 'Captain Chameleon.' They had a song called 'Grab Them Cakes.' That song would turn up again on the WWF wreslting album being sung by the wrestler 'Junkyard Dog.'

Cyndi and Wolff became the associate producers for the animated series 'Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling'.

The Goonies

Steven Spielberg had asked Cyndi to be the musical director of his latest film 'The Goonies', a children's film about lost treasure. Cyndi had the power to choose whom she wanted on the soundtrack, so she tried to make the album very diverse. The Bangles were just one of the bands that contributed to the soundtrack. Cyndi thought the band was very raw and fresh.

Cyndi worked so hard on the soundtrack that she wound up in the hospital. Cyndi states in a 1986 interview that she had been working 12 hour days and had gynaecological problems. Cyndi had a minor operation and spent some time in the hospital. Her doctors told her that she needed some rest. This was the reason she wasn't able to participate in the Live Aid concert.

Cyndi scored another hit with the single 'The Goonies 'R' Good Enough', which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, for the film "The Goonies". The video featured many guests including WWF Wrestlers such as The Iron Sheik, Captain Lou Albano, Roddy Piper, André the Giant, 'Classy' Freddie Blassie, The Fabulous Moolah & Nikolai Volkoff, the Goonies cast as well as the Bangles. The video was split up into two acts, making Cyndi the very first artist to have a two-part video. Steven even allowed her access to the set pieces from the film.

Cyndi stopped performing 'The Goonies 'R' Good Enough', in concert around 1987. It was at a show in Baltimore on Cyndi's 2006 tour that she finally played it again. The crowd was chanting 'Goonies' and she sang the song a cappella to an ecstatic crowd. She finally agreed to play the song again on her 'True Colors' tour in 2007.

During the video commentary for 'The Goonies' actor Sean Astin can be heard thanking Cyndi for the song. He says that they all appeared tired on the set of the video, due to the rigorous shooting schedule, but they really did love the song. Sean apologizes to Cyndi again in footage that can be seen in the upcoming 'Goonies Documentary.'

Cyndi also wrote the song 'What a Thrill' for the soundtrack. NOT TRUE: 'What a Thrill' had been written with Ble Angel

In 1985, The Women In Crystal Film Awards has awarded her with the New Directions Award. It is given to those who are known for their creativity and originality.

True Colors

Lauper released her second album "True Colors" on September 15, 1986. It reached number four on the Billboard 200. For this album, she increased her involvement both in production and songwriting. Guests on the album included Angela Clemons-Patrick, Nile Rodgers, Aimee Mann, Billy Joel,Adrian Belew, The Bangles, Ellie Greenwich, and Rick Derringer. Cyndi co-wrote most of the album with Essra Mohawk,John Turi, Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.

Although the album was not as commercially successful as its predecessor, it contained three high-charting singles, including the title track (which become her second platinum number-one hit), 'Change of Heart' (#3) and a cover of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' (#12).

Cyndi can also be heard singing the theme song for the series 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' the same year, though she was credited as 'Ellen Shaw.' The theme song is sped up making Cyndi's voice sound a bit distorted. Playhouse star Paul Reubens appeared on the "True Colors" album track '911' as an emergency operator. The album sold nearly 12 million copies.

The album also featured an older song called 'Maybe He'll Know' which was on Cyndi's "Blue Angel" album.

The 4th single from the album Boy Blue became Cyndi's first non top 40 song. The proceeds of the song were donated to AIDS research.

True Colors was licensed to Kodak for use in its commercials. Cyndi had no control over the song which was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.

In 1986, Cyndi appeared on the Billy Joel album 'The Bridge' on a song called 'Code of Silence.'

The album covers for both She's So Unusual and True Colors was done by the famous photographer Annie Liebovitz.

Hollywood Calling

In 1987 David Wolff produced a concert film for Cyndi called 'Cyndi: Live in Paris.' The concert was broadcast on HBO that same year.

Cyndi made her film debut in August of 1988 in the quirky comedy "Vibes", alongside Jeff Goldblum, Julian Sands, Rosie Pena and Peter Falk. Cyndi played a psychic in search of a city of gold in South America. The film was produced by Ron Howard and David Wolff acted as the film's associate producer.

To prepare for the role, Lauper took a few classes in finger waving and hair setting at the Robert Fiance School of Beauty in New York and studied with a few Manhattan psychics. The film was poorly received by critics and commercially flopped, though it reached the Top 30 in America's Most Rented Movies. Cyndi contributed a track called 'Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)' but the song was not included on the soundtrack. A video was released, which was meant to be a high energy, hysterically funny action/adventure romp through a Chinese laundry. The song hit #54 on the US charts.

Cyndi was often compared to Madonna during this period, who starred in a movie called "Shanghai Surprise", which had also failed miserably at the box ofice.

Comedian Dan Akroyd was slated to star in "Vibes" instead of Jeff Goldblum.

A Night to Remember

"A Night to Remember", her third album, was released on May 23, 1989. Though critically well-received, it was not as big a commercial success as her previous albums. The album spawned only one big hit, 'I Drove All Night', originally penned for Roy Orbison, although his version was not released until 1992, three years after Lauper's version and four years after his death. She also wrote and produced most of the album. Contributing writers were Desmond Child, Christina Amphlett of Divinyls, Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, Dianne Warren, and Frank Previte. Guest musicians include Bootsy Collins, Larry Blackmon, Batkini Khumalo, Eric Clapton,and Nile Rodgers.

On July 21st, 1990, Lauper joined many other guests for Roger Waters' massive performance of "The Wall" in Berlin, performing 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part II'. Cyndi wore a school girl outfit performing to over 300,000 people. The concert was watched live by over five million people worldwide.

Cyndi had become close friends with Yoko Ono. In 1990 she took part in a John Lennon tribute concert in Liverpool, England performing the Beatles song 'Hey Bulldog' and the John Lennon song 'Working Class Hero.' The concert was aired on the 'Disney Channel.' She also took part in a project Yoko and Sean developed called 'The Peace Choir.' They performed a new version of John Lennon's 'Give Peace a Chance.' The reworked 'Give Peace a Chance' was written by Sean Lennon.

At the beginning of 1988, Lauper traveled to the former Soviet Union as part of a project to collaborate with Russian songwriters. Her trip resulted in the song 'Cold Sky', a duet with Russian superstar Igor Nikolaev, which appeared on the album "Music Speaks Louder Than Words". Cyndi says she was unhappy about the way the album was mixed.

The song 'Hole in My Heart' was released on the Japanese edition of 'A Night to Remember.'

In 1990, Cyndi co-wrote the song 'Paper Heart' (a song about drug addiction) with Go-Go's alumna Jane Weidlin. The song appeared on Jane's CD Tangled.

Lauper received an honorary diploma from Richmond High School, Queens, in 1988.

The video for 'My First Night Without You,' released in 1989, and was one of the first to be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

Love and marriage

A mutual breakup between Cyndi Lauper and David Wolff occurred in 1989. Most of the details about the breakup have been kept quiet, but what has come to light is: 'The business got in the way of the relationship.' In a 1993 interview with Howard Stern, Cyndi hinted that David didn't want to marry her.

Cyndi worked on movie called 'Moon Over Miami' which later became "Off and Running" with David Keith, Richard Belzer and David Thornton, whom she started seeing. Cyndi claims that Miami was a great place to fall in love. The film was released in Europe but never made it off the ground in the US market. (David Wolff was the music supervisor for the film.)

Cyndi was married on Christmas Day in 1991 at the 205-year-old Friends Meeting House at 15th St. and Rutherford Place on Stuyvesant Square in Manhattan, New York. Cyndi, who was 38, married actor David Thornton. Little Richard, who at one time gave up rock 'n roll to become a minister-and still is one-performed the ceremony. Patti LaBelle sang 'A Whiter Shade of Pale,' and Cyndi's grandmother served as the maid of honor. (Patti and Cyndi remain good friends, and Patti eventually became her son's godmother). Other guests included Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) and 'Barton Fink' star John Turturro. Cyndi had threatened to dress like a lighted Christmas tree, but settled on a traditional white wedding dress.

In 1992, Lauper contributed two tracks to the European film 'Tycoon'. She scored another Top 20 hit in Europe (it went to #2 in France, earning a 2x platinum certification there) with 'The World Is Stone', penned by Tim Rice, Michel Berger, and Luc Plamandon. It was quoted that Tim Rice and Luc Plamandon would only work on the song if Cyndi would record it. Neither the film nor the songs were released in the U.S., though the two tracks did see the light of day stateside with the quiet release of a compilation in 2000.

In 1992, Cyndi recorded a duet with Frank Sinatra through the magic of studio editing. 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' was released on the "Very Special Christmas II" album. Sinatra's vocals had been taken from his original recording, and were mixed with Cyndi's vocals in the studio.

Hat Full of Stars

In May of 1993, Cyndi released her critically acclaimed fourth album "Hat Full of Stars". With a smooth new R&B sound, world music instrumentation, and production by Junior Vasquez, she tackled such topics as homophobia, spousal abuse, racism and abortion. Despite the critical significant accolades, sales were poor (just 4 million copies worldwide), largely because the album suffered from a severe lack of promotion.

Tommy Mottola, president of CBS Records (married to Mariah Carey), told Cyndi to go out and make her own 'Graceland' (Referring to Paul Simon's offbeat critically acclaimed album). Cyndi wanted to write her own material and stop doing cover songs. She decided to write a few songs on the album with other people, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ailee Willis, Nicky Holland, Tom Gray, Hugh Masekela and The Hooters.

Cyndi appeared on the Howard Stern Show in 1993 to promote the album. Cyndi claims that she was molested as a child, and raped as a young adult. She also claimed to have recorded 'She Bop' in the nude.

Cyndi says the song 'A Hat Full of Stars' was written as a message to David Wolff.

The video for 'Who Let in the Rain' features a chalk drawing of David Wolff on the sidewalk.

A Part Hate was written collaboratively by Cyndi and husband David Thorntorn.

The video for Sally's Pigeons features the then unknown Julia Stiles as the young Cyndi.

Cyndi recorded 'Boys will be Boys' with The Hooters, and another duet called "Private Emotion". (The Hooters dedicated this song to Cyndi). Both songs appeared on the Hooter's CD "Out of Body".

Cyndi returned to acting in 1993, playing Michael J. Fox's ditzy secretary in 1993's "Life with Mikey," which also starred Nathan Lane.

12 Deadly Cyns

"Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some," was released worldwide in 1994 (except in the U.S., where it was held back until the summer of 1995). The album was a greatest hits compilation that included two re-recorded tracks, 'I'm Gonna be Strong', first recorded with her band Blue Angel, and a reworking of her first big hit, newly christened 'Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun).'

The album was released under a number of different titles, and had different packaging and track listings for certain countries. "Twelve Deadly Cyns" sold over 6 million copies worldwide and Cyndi began a world tour to promote the album. "Twelve Deadly Cyns" was especially popular in the UK, reaching number two on the music charts, while the new '(Hey Now) Girls Just Want to Have Fun' hit number four. The song includes special appearances by Snow and Patra. Due to the success of the album Cyndi's next studio album was delayed.

The album outsold Michael Jackson's 'His-Story.'

'The Goonies 'R' Good Enough', was not included on the CD or the VHS video that followed.

The Japanese edition of the CD includes the single "Hole In My Heart(All The Way To China)" as the final track.

Cyndi won a Emmy Award for her role as Marianne on the sitcom "Mad About You". The network setup a production deal for a spin off sitcom featuring Cyndi, but the show she proposed seemed too radical for the times.

A 12 Deadly Cyns VHS tape featuring most of Cyndi's videos was released. The DVD was released in 2000.

Sisters of Avalon

In 1997 Lauper announced that she was expecting a child. Declyn Wallace Thornton Lauper was born on November 17th of that year; he was named after Elvis Costello, whose first name is Declan. He was born while Cyndi was putting the finishing touches on her new album.

Her fifth album, "Sisters of Avalon" (released in Japan in 1996 and everywhere else in 1997) brought her moderate success, but only sold 1 million copies worldwide. The album was quickly embraced by the gay community for its dance and club stylings. The topical themes of the album also contributed to its 'pink' appeal. The album was written and produced with the help of Jan Pulsford (Cyndi's keyboard player) and Producer Mark Saunders. Guest musicians include, 'Bush' lead guitarist Nigel Pulsford on "You Don't Know" and "Love To Hate". The album was written and recorded in Tennessee and Connecticut and finished in an old mansion in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., where she lived and worked at that time.

The song "Ballad of Cleo and Joe" addressed the complications of a drag queen's double life. Cyndi started writing the song around 1994. "Brimstone and Fire" painted a portrait of a lesbian relationship, and "You Don't Know" showed Lauper flexing more political muscle than on her previous albums. The song "Say a Prayer" was written for a friend of hers who had died from AIDS. The song "Searchin" was used in one of Baywatch's episodes. "Unhook The Stars" was made into a movie of the same name starring Marisa Tomei, Gerard Depardieu, Gena Rowlands and David Thorntorn.

Cyndi's sister Ellen had 'come out' and Cyndi considered her to be a role model. Ellen was doing a lot of charity work for the gay community, and was working out of a clinic, helping people who were suffering from AIDS.

Lauper began performing as a featured artist at gay pride events around the world. She also served as the opening act for Tina Turner's summer tour, which was one of the highest grossing tours that year.

Cyndi took up the dulcimer which would have a huge effect on her future projects. She took lessons from David Schnauffer.

Cyndi's stepfather died during this period.

Jan Pulsford is Welsh, and she happened to be reading the book '21 Laws of Merlin.' In the book a group of women are mentioned called 'The Sisters of Avalon.' The sisters were from Druid societies where they were considered religious leaders and healers.

Merry Christmas

Lauper churned out her last album for Epic in late 1998. 'Merry Christmas, Have A Nice Life,' as the title implies, was a Christmas collection of original material and standards. It is a combination of folk-rock, cajun and celtic music. Her version of 'Silent Night' was used in a Pampers commercial.

Rob Hyman co-wrote the album opener 'Home On Christmas Day,' and provides accordion and organ accompaniment on a number of tracks. Producer William Wittman, who has been behind a mixing board for Cyndi since her debut album 'She's So Unusual', was once again in a co-producing and mixing role. Most significantly perhaps, Cyndi is ably assisted by more-soulmate-than-bandmate Jan Pulsford, the keyboardist who tours with Cyndi and co-produced her last disc, Sisters Of Avalon.

The Christmas album was recorded at Cyndi's home in Connecticut. Cyndi vocalized in a cedar closet that not only had great acoustics but apparently had enough of a Riverdance vibe that she was inspired to do some clog-dancing there, the sound of which can be heard on a not-quite traditional take of "Three Ships". She also stepped outside her back door to get the right vocal sound for "First Lullaby".

Declyn was the major inspiration on Merry Christmas, "December Child] was written for him. Declyn makes his vocal debut on 'First Lullaby': Jan tickled him, grabbed the mike, and the results are on tape. His proud mother notes that his wails were all in pitch, not surprising given his lineage. Cyndi reprises two holiday-themed tracks for previous albums that blend seamlessly with the newer material: "Feels Like Christmas", a Cajun-spiced tune from Hat Full Of Stars and "Early Christmas Morning" from 'Sisters of Avalon'. She closes the album with a stark rendition of "Silent Night" in memory of the late Peter Wood, the close friend and musician to whom Cyndi dedicated her hits compilation, Seven Deadly Cyns...And Then Some. Wood, whom Cyndi recalls as a 'magical musician,' was a keyboardist who toured with the singer and performed in the studio on many of her best-loved tracks. Cyndi recalls another old friend on "Minnie and Santa", a not-quite-naughty tale of a woman with her sights set on seducing Santa. Cyndi based the tune, which sounds like some long-lost holiday drinking song, on a deceptively sweet elderly co-worker from Cyndi's days at a downtown Brooklyn five and dime who delighted in shocking her younger colleagues with her salty wit.On January 17th, 1999, Cyndi appeared on 'The Simpsons.' Cyndi appeared on the show as herself singing the 'National Anthem.' The episode was called 'Wild Bart's Can't Be Broken.'* In 1999, Cyndi co-headlined a tour alongside Cher. The tour was called the "Do You Believe? Tour". Cyndi and Cher performed 'Turn Back Time' on VH1 Divas.* Cyndi contributed a cover version of The Trammps's classic "Disco Inferno" to the soundtrack for the film "A Night at the Roxbury". The remixed version became a club hit and received a Grammy nomination that year for Best Dance Recording. The single was released as an EP, featuring several remixes.* She also garnered critical plaudits for her roles in several independent films including "Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle", and "The Opportunists" (with Christopher Walken) where she was nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role.* In 2000, Cyndi contributed a song called "I Want A Mom That Will Last Forever" for the children's movie "Rugrats in Paris". The song was written with Mark Mothersbaugh (of the new wave group DEVO). The song won the best theme song in a movie in a European film festival.===Shine===Lauper prepared her seventh album in 2001, "Shine", which saw her returning to her early pop/rock sound. Just weeks before the album's scheduled release on September 11, 2001, her label, Edel America Records, folded, and the tracks were leaked to the public. Although a five song EP of the same name was made available through her website and at Tower Records, the full-length album concept was scrapped. The five song EP was released in June of 2002, and was made available at 'Best Buy.' An album of, 'Shine' remixes was eventually released through Tower Records.On October 12th, 2000, Cyndi took part in a television show called 'Women in Rock, Girls With Guitars.' The show featured Sheryl Crow, Anne and Nancy Wilson (guitarist), Melissa Etheridge, Amy Grant, Wynonna Judd, and Destiny's Child. Cyndi performed the Paul McCartney hit 'Maybe I'm Amazed' with Ann Wilson of 'Heart.' She also sang the R&B classic "Ooh Child" with the girl group Destiny's Child. Cyndi was well received at the event, getting standing ovations after every song. She also performed a new song called "Water's Edge" with Ann Wilson. The song was well received and critics saw that performance as one of the highlights of the night.A CD was issued that contained the studio versions of some songs performed during the concert. The only live song on the disc was "Maybe I'm Amazed" but unfortunately the version is edited. Cyndi's part remains intact, but the entire verse by Ann was removed, totally skipping her first verse and going into her second. This CD was exclusively released to Sears stores from September 30 to October 31, 2001. The CD cost $4.99, $1.00 of which went to breast cancer research. The CD was released as a 'Sony Music special product.' * Cyndi toured with Cher on her "Living Proof: The Farewell Tour" in 2002. * Lauper's former label Sony issued a new best-of CD entitled "The Essential Cyndi Lauper". She re-signed with Sony/Epic Records and a cover album tentatively called "Naked City" was in the works. * The complete "Shine" album was released on April 21, 2004, exclusively in Japan. The album has become a collector's item often selling at high prices on places like Amazon.com.* In 2004, Cyndi contributed two tracks to the "Creole Bred" CD, which was a tribute to Cajun and Zydeco music. The album was released on May 11, 2004.===At Last===In November 2003, an album of covers was released entitled "At Last" (formerly "Naked City"), which became a Top-40 hit in the U.S. and Australia. Cyndi was nominated in 2005 for a Grammy Award in the category of 'Best Instrumental Composition Accompanying a Vocal.' The nomination was for her interpretation of the song "Unchained Melody". "At Last" became Cyndi's best selling album since 'Twelve Deadly Cyns', with 4.5 million copies. The album was also voted as the best CD of covered songs beating those of Rod Stewart, k.d. Lang and Tony Bennet. The success of the CD prompted Sony-BMG to release the DVD 'Live... At Last' which went gold in less than a year. Cyndi took part in 'VH1 Divas Live' with Patti La Belle, Jessica Simpson, Debbie Harry, Ashanti, Sheila E., and the Pussycat Dolls.===2005-2007: "The Body Acoustic" & other projects===Under a new contract with Sony Music, Lauper released "The Body Acoustic", an album that featured acoustic reinterpretations of tracks from her back catalog. Two new tracks were also written and recorded, one of which is "Above the Clouds". Guests on the album included Shaggy, Ani DiFranco, Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, Jeff Beck, Puffy AmiYumi, Sarah McLachlan,and Vivian Green."Time After Time" and "Above The Clouds" became Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart staples. "All Through The Night" hit the top 5 in the Latin American Countries. Though she hasn't released an album of new material since 1997's "Sisters of Avalon", Lauper has remained busy over the years. Appearing on Showtime's hit show "Queer As Folk" in 2005, making her Broadway debut in "The Threepenny Opera" in 2006 (where she won as best actress in a broadway by an internet poll), and directing a commercial for "Totally 80's" edition of the board game "Trivial Pursuit". VH1 Classic honored Cyndi with a television special called 'Decades Rock Live.' The show featured Cyndi performing with many artists such as Shaggy, Scott Wieland of Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots, Pat Monahan of Train, Ani di Franco, and the Hooters. On October 16, 2006, she was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. In 2007, she sang "Beecharmer" with Nellie McKay on Nellie's "Pretty Little Head" album, and "Letters To Michael" with Dionne Warwick.In September 2006, Lauper served as the vocal coach of the Top 8 contestants in the Canadian Idol. Eventual winner Eva Avila recorded her version of Lauper's "This Kind Of Love".In June 2007, Lauper headlined the "True Colors Tour 2007" for Human Rights through the United States and Canada which also included Deborah Harry, Erasure, The Dresden Dolls, and Gossip, with Margaret Cho as MC and special guests in different cities. The tour, sponsored by Logo, the MTV Networks channel targeting gay audiences, provided information to fans who attend, as well as purple wristbands with the slogan 'Erase Hate' from The Matthew Shepard Foundation. A dollar from every ticket sold was earmarked for the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.. In October 2007 the Matthew Shepard Bill was passed into a law by the US Congress, largely due to the great success of the True Colors Tour.In September of 2007, Cyndi performed "The Lady in Pink" for Nickelodeon's hit preschool series The Backyardigans, for their first hour-long, primetime TV movie called "Super Secret Super Spy".===2007-2008: Savoir Faire=== Cyndi has recorded an album of all new material, entitled "Savoir Faire", that she says will be released early 2008. She has described it as a mainly dance album with good rhythm. She has performed some of the songs at her concerts. It is not yet known if the following songs will be on the album: "Still with Me", "The Other Side Of Here", "Edge of the Earth".However, "Set Your Heart" and "Grab A Hold" are two new songs which she performed live in Singapore in August 2007 (... more) , where she referred to live performances as the 'best Petri dish of the live experience' for musicians (... more) .The first single has been confirmed as 'Set Your Heart.'Cyndi visited England and France during summer 2007 to write for the album and has written songs with dance legends Basement Jaxx and Digital Dog as well as other artists yet to be named.* "Time After Time" was featured on the hit TV show 'My Name is Earl.' In the show, Earl's brother Randy sings the song while carrying around a tiny cassette player whenever a girl dumps him.* Canadian pop star Mitsou covered "Heading West" (co-written by Lauper) on her EP single of the same title. * "Unconditional Love" was covered by ex-Bangles vocalist Susanna Hoffs. * "That's What I Think" was covered by Tommy Page. * In 2005, "I Don't Want To Be A Friend" was covered by Philippine pop singer Nina.==Discography=====Studio albums===* 1983 - "She's So Unusual" * 1986 - "True Colors" * 1989 - "A Night to Remember" * 1993 - "Hat Full of Stars"* 1996 - "Sisters of Avalon"* 1998 - "Merry Christmas...Have a Nice Life"* 2003 - "At Last"* 2003 - "Shine" (Was only released in Japan)* 2005 - "The Body Acoustic"* 2008 - "Savoir Faire"===Other albums===Holiday, EPs, Remixes, Compilations, Standard* 1989 - "The Best Remixes"* 1994 - "Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some"* 1996 - "Wanna Have Fun"* 2001 - "Shine" (EP)* 2003 - "The Essential Cyndi Lauper"* 2003 - "The Great Cyndi Lauper" (Three CD Hits Compilation)* 2005 - "Hey Now! (Remixes & Rarities)"==Tours==* 1984-1985 "The Fun Tour"* 1986-1987 "True Colors World Tour"* 1989 "A Night To Remember World Tour" * 1993-1994 "Hat Full Of Stars Tour"* 1994-1995 "Twelve Deadly Cyns World Tour"* 1996-1997 "Sisters Of Avalon Tour" (with Tina Turner's Wildest Dreams Tour)* 1999 "The Summer Tour" (with Cher's Do You Believe? Tour)* 2001 "The Shine Tour"* 2003-2004 "The At Last World Tour"* 2005-2006 "The Body Acoustic Tour"* 2007 "True Colors Tour" (with Erasure, Deborah Harry, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls, The Gossip, and Margaret Cho)==Filmography==*1985 " We Are The World" *1985 " The Goonies" *1985 " WWF Wrestling's Biggest Smallest Strangest Strongest" *1987 " Cyndi Lauper In Paris" *1987 " The Videos" *1987 " Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll" *1988 " Wrestle Mania" *1988 " Vibes" *1989 " Compilation Video" *1990 " The Legend of Zelda-The Missing Link"*1990 " Mario Brothers - Cartoon (With Captain Lou Albano)" *1990 " The Wall Live In Berlin (Roger Waters)" *1990 " Shelly Duvall's Rock 'N' Rhymeland" *1990 " Big's Rock Around The World Vol. 2" *1990 " Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme"*1991 " Give Peace A Chance" *1991 " The World's Greatest Artists Sing LENNON: a tribute" *1991 " Off And Running (AKA Moon Over Miami)" *1992 " The World Is Stone" *1993 " Life with Mikey" *1994 " 12 Tracks Compilation" *1994 " Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" *1994 " Twelve Deadly Cyns... And Then Some" *1994 " The Crazy World Of Cyndi Lauper" *1994 " Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun)" *1998 " WWF - Wrestle Mania: The Legacy" *1999 " The Simpson's Season 10 - Wild Bart's Can't Be Broken (Herself) *1999 " Best of the Meldrum Tapes" *1999 " The Opportunists" *1999 " 'Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child' *2000 " WWF - Wrestle Mania" *2002 " VH1's - Cyndi Lauper - Behind the Music*2002 " Come Together-A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music" *2004 " Live... At Last" *2004 " Soundstage" *2004 " Higglytown Heroes"*2004 " There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly...and More Stories That Sing - (Narrator)*2005 " That's So Raven - Disguise the Limit" *2006 " VH1's Decades Rock Live! Cyndi Lauper & Friends" *2005 " Queer as Folk"*2006 " The Naked Brothers Band - The Movie"*2006 " Born To Controversy - The Roddy Piper Story*2006 " From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans *2008 " Here and There"==See also==*List of best-selling music artists*List of number-one hits (United States)*List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (US)*List of number-one dance hits (United States)==References====External links==* (Official site) ** (Fearless Web Site) * (Cyndi Lauper Source) ** (VIRB.com site) * (Cyndi Lauper Site) * (Cyndi Lauper Discography Pages) zh-classical:??·??zh-yue:????

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