“Touch” album, highest charting US album at #7. 1985 – releases album “Be Yourself”. Top 30 hit “You Must Be an Angel” with Stevie Wonder on Harmonica. Trades vocals with Aretha Franklin on top 20, 1985 song, “Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves”. Reporter: best white soul singer alive. Eurythmics on hold to start solo careers, but reform in late 90s for “Peace” LP. 2004 – Lennox wins Academy Award for song “Into the West” for “Lord of the Rings: Return fo the King”. Also wins Grammy and Golden Globe. Tours with Sting, Madonna, and releases Eurythmics ultimate collection in 2005 with 2 new songs. 2007- 23 female music stars join her for charity single “Sing” including Celine Dion, Etheridge, Gladys Knight, Madonna, KD Lang, Bonnie Raitt, and Sarah McLaughlin. Recent releases: compilations and Christmas albums. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ B-52s – vocalist Cidy Wilson and Kate Pierson. Eccentric image by all members, vocalist/ multi=instrumentalist, Fred Schneider. 1950s beehive wigs and thrift store clothes. Keith Strickland shared flaming drink in Athens, Georgia after a music session. They had little musical training. But they had danceable songs with wacky tongue in cheek image 1977 – public debut at friend’s home for Valentine’s Day party. 1979 – record “Rock Lobster”, self titled album for Warner Brothers popular in Britain 1980 – album “Wild Planet” hits Top 40 1985 - Ricky Wilson dies of HIV complications, age 32 1986 – album “Bouncing Off the Satellites” 1989 - album “Cosmic Thing” hits Top 10 was their break thru. 2 Top 10 singles “Love Shack ” released September 1989, 1 st Top 40 hit, #3, written by the band combining Pop Rock, New Wave, and Dance music, 1 st million dollar seller, Inspired by cabin near Athens Georgia with a tin roof where they conceived song Rock Lobster. Kate Pierson lived in the cabin in the 1970s, burned down in 2004. Cindy Wilson sings lead Fred, over 2 chord vamp, horns. Rolling Stone Magazine named it Best Single of 1989. Release political “Good Stuff” album as a trio while Cindy takes a break. 1994 – trio sings title song for film “The Flinstones” appearing as the B.C. 52s. 2000s – extensive anthology, Target Store commercial, open for Cher’s farewell tour.
2006 – open for Rolling Stones benefit. Appear on various tv shows. 2008 – change name fromB-52’s with an apostrophe, to B-52s without it. #11 “Funplex” album Tour with Cyndi Lauper and a 34 th Anniversary show in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. Still playing 50-60 shows a year.
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