Cyndi Lauper hailed from Queens, New York and after being spotting at clubs recorded one of the most successful debut albums of all time with She’s So Unusual in 1983. The album won Lauper a Best New Artist Grammy and also became the first female singer to have four top-5 singles from the same album. Her signature hit was “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, which relied on Lauper’s quirky persona and fashion sense in the popular music video. Lauper’s vocal range was demonstrated with other hits from the album, including the risque “She Bop”, “All Through the Night” and the number one ballad “Time After Time”.

Lauper returned in 1986 with True Colors, another hit album. The title track was another number one hit, followed by the upbeat “Change of Heart“. The song was very dance-oriented, and remix for the song was also very popular. True Colors went double platinum, and Lauper was viewed as a key member of the American pop scene (famously being asked to attend We Are the World sessions instead of Madonna).

But then the hits kind of stopped coming, aside from the lead single “I Drove All Night” from Lauper’s third album. She dabbled in acting but unlike Madonna wasn’t able to change her image or become a successful actress. Perhaps bad decisions by the record label hurt too. In recent years, Lauper appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and recorded an album of Blues standards. The album was well-received by the Blues community, though Lauper’s insistence of playing nothing but Blues during her 2010 tour lost her many many fans for life.┬áIncluding this author.