1985 Cyndi Lauper – Money Changes Everything
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Thornton was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens. Even in high school she was, um, unusual enough that she was expelled. After obtaining a GRE, she moved to Vermont and worked on an art degree.
She adopted the unusual spelling “Cyndi” for her first name and began performing in a series of cover bands in the early seventies. Cyndi and saxophone player John Turi formed the retro-rockabilly band Blue Angel. They released an album on Polydor Records in 1980. When the album failed to perform well, the band broke up.
Cyndi signed a solo contract with Portrait Records (a division of Epic Records) in 1981. Her first solo album came out in 1983 and launched her into superstardom.
The first four singles from her album all landed in the top five on the Hot 100; Cyndi co-wrote two of the songs.
A fourth single from the album covered a song originally written and recorded by The Brains in 1978. Their version of Money Changes Everything
Cyndi’s cover version of the song peaked at #27 on the Hot 100 in early 1985.
Backup musicians on the recording included Rob Hyman playing his Hohner Melodica (a member of the Hooters on an instrument they named the group after).
The fifth single from her album failed to chart. Cyndi had three more top ten hits by 1986 and continued recording new music through at least 2016. She is till actively writing music.
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