Cyndi Lauper (1953- ) is a singer/songwriter whose distinctive voice and unique sense of style turned her into a 1980s pop icon. Starting her career in the mid 70s as a New York lounge singer covering other artists popular songs, Lauper experienced a major vocal chord injury in 1977. Following this injury she took up vocal music lessons which would eventually propel her to pop fame as she began to compose her own music. Her most famous single is 1983s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which was certified 4x platinum by the RIAA. She has since become a symbol of everything associated with 1980s popular music, so there was no better person to represent the Grinnell tradition of 80s Harris.
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