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"Luka," from the Solitude Standing album, is released as a single in 1987 The song will be Vega's highest charting U.S. hit, reaching #3 This is the first song addressing child abuse to make the Top 40 Tracy Chapman Vocalist and acoustic guitarist Tracy Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964 Chapman excels at a Connecticut arts high school, performing her own songs at school events. Chapman studies anthropology in Boston while performing socially conscious songs on the folk circuit Her self-titled album include the Grammy-winning single "Fast Car" and "Takin' 'Bout a Revolution" Her image recalled the folk genre with comfortable clothes, and she continued the folk tradition of protest and social awareness. One sociology comments, "Chapman was folk music's new messiah" "Takin' 'Bout a Revolution," from the Tracy Chapman album, is released as a single in August of 1988 This international hit become one of her most performed songs. The simple chord progression is easy to learn, and has been covered by many musicians, including Living Colour. Chapman is in a class by herself as a black female acoustic folk singer. Indigo GirlsAmy Ray and Emily Saliers sang and played guitar together in Decatur, GA during the early 1980s. They sang together in local clubs during college breaks as Saliers and Ray. Then, they both transfer to Emory University in Atlanta and hit the club circuit as the Indigo Girls. Strange Firedemonstrates their trademark soaring harmonies, original songs and vibrant acoustic guitars. The 1989 release Indigo Girlsreaches #22 and wins them a Folk Grammy Indigo Girls make their national TV debut on the David Letterman show in 1989 singing "Closer to Fire" The song is from their Indigo Girls album. "Closer to Fire: features Amy, Emily and the Hothouse Flowers band.
Dance Pop Gloria EstefanBorn Gloria Fajardo in Cuba in 1957, Gloria Estefan moved with her family to Miami in 1959 By 1975, Gloria had joined the Miami Latin Boys, founded by accordion player Emilio Estefan. She and Estefan marry, and the group has changed its name to Miami Sound Machine. In 1984, the Miami SOund Machine releases its first English-language album Eyes of innocence1985 brings the Primitive Lovealbum and the funky, Latin-flavored Disco single "Conga" This song becomes the first single to hit the U.S. Pop, Black, Latin, and Dance charts simultaneously Salsa-fied Dance music becomes their signature sound Their 1987 album Let It Loosecredits the performers as Gloria Estefan AND the Miami Sound Machine. The #12 hit "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" comes from the Let It Loosealbum This song will be Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine's 4th Top 10 and second Top 5 single This complex arrangement opens with male vocals and answering vocal harmonies. 1989 sees Estefan's first solo album reaching the Top 10, but a 1990 tour bus accident slows her career.
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Grammy Award winners, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston