Before her success and fame, Lauper was a hot walker at the famous Belmont Park Racetrack. She explained to Dan Rather that all of the horses were extremely nervous. So, in order to keep the horses calm and relaxed, she would sing in their ear! Cyndi was more of a horse singer than whisperer, but her songs still did the trick.
She kicked down the music industry door in 1983 when she released her debut album, She’s So Unusual! This iconic album included hits such as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop”, and “All Through The Night”. Once this album soared on the charts, Cyndi Lauper became the first female to boast four Top 5 singles on the Billboard Pop Charts. This record also earned her a Grammy® award for Best New Artist in 1984. Talk about unusual!
People who have reached EGOT status have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy®, Oscar, and Tony awards, and Cyndi is only missing an Oscar! Lauper won an Emmy award in 1995 for her role in the NBC Comedy Series, Mad About You. She was awarded her first Grammy® in 1984 and later received a second in 2013, recognized as Best Musical Theater Album, for her work on Kinky Boots. In 2013 she received her Tony award for Original Music Score in the Broadway musical, Kinky Boots. The only award she is missing is an Oscar, but she still has time!
Originally written by a man, Cyndi was horrified at the subliminal message that the song portrays. On her episode of The Big Interview, Lauper goes into depth about how she had to change the song in order to feel comfortable releasing the record under her name. Be sure to watch her episode this Tuesday to hear the full story of how she turned the track from a sexist song to one of her most famous anthems!
Back in the 1980s, when WWE was referred to as the WWF, Cyndi was part of the “Rock And Wrestling Connection”. She managed the ladies champion, Wendy Richter. She continued her wrestling connection by having the wrestling personality Captain Lou Albano appear in her music videos for “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and “Time After Time.”
Join us this Tuesday as we honor the iconic pop star, Cyndi Lauper! First, Dan Rather sits down with Cyndi on The Big Interview to talk about her extensive career, crazy life experiences, and more!
Then, stick around for one of her live concerts! Lauper will go from Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” and “Hymn to Love,” to the playful “Makin’ Whoopee,” to somber serenades like “Unchained Melody,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” and “Walk on By.” Lauper elevates her adoring audience with a revealing candor. This performance is also a celebration with Lauper’s innate sparkle shining through the fun flashbacks “Time After Time,” “True Colors,” “Money Changes Everything,” “Shine” and, of course, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, and she even had the audience dancing on chairs! Tune in Tuesday to see this Grammy award winner revealing that she’s a true performer – at ease with her identity as a modern pop powerhouse, but be prepared to revel in her most recent reincarnation.
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