30 March 1964, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. During Nelson Mandelas satellite-linked 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium, London in 1988, this guitar-playing singer-songwriter got her big break when, owing to headliner Stevie Wonders enforced walk out, her spot was extended. She won the hearts of enough viewers worldwide for her debut album, Tracy Chapman to climb to number 1 on the UK album chart within days, and become an international success. Following the Mandela show sales shot past the 3 million mark, and the album topped the US album chart. Fast Car became a UK Top 5/US Top 10 hit and the track Talkin Bout A Revolution became a concert favourite.
Chapman was neither a second Joan Armatrading nor the overnight sensation many thought her to be. The daughter of estranged but well heeled parents, she had attended a Connecticut school before attending the University of Massachusetts to study...
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