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Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American singer, songwriter and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years, her album She's So Unusual was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors; this album included the number one single "True Colors" and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number three. Since 1983, Lauper has participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself.

The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. In 2016, the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide, she has won awards at the Grammys, Tonys, the New York's Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Music Awards. An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards. Lauper won the inaugural Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"; this music video is recognized by MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music videos of the era. She is featured in the Roll Hall of Fame Museum's Women Who Rock exhibit, her debut album is included in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while "Time After Time" is included in VH1's list of the 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 years.

VH1 has ranked Lauper No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Roll. Lauper is known for her distinctive image, featuring a variety of hair colors and eccentric clothing, for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range. Lauper has been celebrated for her humanitarian work as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States, her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when she was invited as a special guest to attend U. S. President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration. Lauper was born in Brooklyn to a Catholic family, her father, was of German and Swiss descent. Her mother, Catrine, is Italian American. Lauper's siblings are younger brother Fred, older sister, Ellen. Lauper's parents divorced, her mother divorced again. Lauper grew up in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens and, as a child, listened to such artists as The Beatles and Judy Garland. At age 12, she began playing an acoustic guitar given to her by her sister. Lauper expressed herself with a variety of hair colors, eccentric clothing and took a friend's advice to spell her name as "Cyndi" rather than "Cindy".

Her unconventional sense of style led to classmates bullying her, with some cruel children throwing stones at her. Lauper went to Richmond Hill High School, but was expelled, although she earned her GED, she left home at 17, intending to study art. Her journey took her to Canada, where she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog Sparkle, trying to find herself, she traveled to Vermont, where she took art classes at Johnson State College and supported herself working odd jobs. In the early 1970s, Lauper performed as a vocalist with various cover bands. One, called Doc West, covered disco songs as well as Janis Joplin. A band, was active in the New York metropolitan area, singing hits by bands including Bad Company, Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin. Although Lauper was performing on stage, she was not happy. In 1977, Lauper took a year off from singing, she was told by doctors that she would never sing again, but regained her voice with the help of vocal coach Katie Agresta. In 1978, Lauper met saxophone player John Turi through her manager Ted Rosenblatt.

Turi and Lauper formed a band recorded a demo tape of original music. Steve Massarsky, manager of The Allman Brothers Band, liked Lauper's voice, he became their manager. Lauper received recording offers as a solo artist, but held out, wanting the band to be included in any deal she made. Blue Angel was signed by Polydor Records and released a self-titled album on the label in 1980. Lauper hated the album cover, saying that it made her look like Big Bird, but Rolling Stone magazine included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers. Despite critical acclaim, the album sold poorly and the band broke up; the members of Blue Angel fired him as their manager. He filed an $80,000 suit against them, which forced Lauper into bankruptcy. After this Lauper temporarily lost her voice due to an inverted cyst in her vocal cord. After Blue Angel broke up, Lauper spent time, due to her financial problems, working in retail stores, waitressing at IHOP, singing in local clubs, her most frequent g

Tangents: The Tea Party Collection

Tangents is a greatest hits collection from Canadian band The Tea Party, released in 2000. Tangents includes singles from Splendor Solis, The Edges of Twilight and Triptych, together with the single "Walking Wounded", B-sides recorded during the Triptych sessions and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black"; the album reached platinum status within a few months of its release. The DVD compilation Illuminations was released in 2001 to complement Tangents. Stuart Chatwood, Antoine Moonen, James St. Laurent/Margaret Malandruccolo/Nick Sarros won the 2001 Juno Award for "Best Artwork". Tangents debuted at # 10 on the Canadian Albums Chart. "Walking Wounded" – 4:37 "Temptation" – 3:25 "The Messenger" – 3:31 "Psychopomp" – 5:15 "Sister Awake" – 5:43 "The Bazaar" – 3:42 "Save Me" – 6:36 "Fire in the Head" – 5:06 "Release" – 4:04 "Heaven Coming Down" – 4:01 "The River" – 5:43 "Babylon" – 2:49 "Waiting on a Sign" – 4:21 "Lifeline" – 4:37 "Paint It Black" – 3:34 "Walking Wounded" David Giammarco Lyrics Tangents at MusicBrainz The Tea Party LIVE - Photography James St Laurent The Tea Party • Triptych Sessions - Photography James St Laurent

Iolaus nasisii

Iolaus nasisii, the Nasisi sapphire or Zimbabwe yellow-banded sapphire, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the forest and savannah in the extreme north of Limpopo, north to Uganda, western Kenya, Malawi, northern Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia; the wingspan is 26 -- 28 mm for 27 -- 29 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to March in South Africa. There is one generation per year; the larvae feed on the Tapinanthus species T. quinquagulus, T. dicrous, T. nyasicus, T. ceciliae, T. brunneus, T. subulatus and Oliverella rubroviridis