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Cynthia Anne Stephanie Lauper, 22 June 1953, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Starting her career as a singer in Manhattans clubs, Lauper began writing her own material when she met pianist John Turi in 1977. They formed Blue Angel and released a self-titled album in 1980 which included raucous versions of rock classics as well as their own numbers. She split with Turi and in 1983 began working on what was to become her multi-million-selling solo debut, Shes So Unusual. It made number 4 in the USA and provided four hit singles - the exuberant Girls Just Want To Have Fun (US/UK number 2), which became a cult anthem for independent young women despite being originally written by male songwriter Robert Hazard (Lauper changed the gender perspective from male to female); Time After Time (US number 1/UK number 3, later covered by Miles Davis on Youre Under Arrest and by the jazz duo Tuck And Patti), She Bop (US...