3. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush dancing in a strange way, like a mating ritual takes place in a forest, while singing the song “Wuthering Heights”, does it sound weird enough? On the other hand, when did Kate Bush did something to go out of the box?
Kate Bush, born Catherine Bush on July 30 1958, is a singer and songwriter of UK rock. When she was 16 years old she was recommended by label EMI Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. The song that debuted is best known from his repertoire – Wuthering Heights, inspired by the novel with the same name, written by the British author Emily Brontë, the first song, from the British singer, to reach first place in the national rankings. The song belongs to the album ‘The Kick Inside’, released in 1978 on EMI.
Her performance is known for using a delicate timbre in the acute register (soprano) and easily to support, demanding technical tracks with jumps and spectacular at the same time, from one register to another. In both her videos and concerts, Kate Bush singing with choreography combines the imaginative and the very expressive mimic game.
The music composed by Bush highlights the advanced harmonic language, tonal only in part; melody and rhythmic figures used in her compositions, which are often an unexpected approach with technical difficulties for both voice and orchestra.
She took advantage of her recent concerts with which she returned to the stage, aftera break of 35 years,and seta new world record, becoming the first singer in the history of music that is present in the British charts with eight albums simultaneously.
Two of her albums were also present in Top 10 and in total eight of her albums are in the top 40 in the UK. The only artists who outperformed Kate Bush are the singer Elvis Presley, who had 12 albums in the Top 40 after his death in 1977, and the band the Beatles, who had 11 albums in the Top 40 in 2009.
2. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
If you listen to the song ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler you can conclude that it is a love story, although the line ‘bright eyes’ could foreshadow the story as an almost horror clip. Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh-born British singer, known worldwide thanks to her hits in the 70s and 80s: ‘It’s a Heartache’, ‘Holding Out for a Hero’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart‘. She also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 with the song ‘Believe In Me’, ranking 18th and getting 23 points.
Gaynor Hopkins (Bonnie Tyler) was born on June 8, 1951 in the Welsh town of Neath. Her father, Glyn, was a miner and his mother, Elsie, a loving housewife and an opera singer in the church choir. She inherited the love for music from her, although it was drawn rather to Janis Joplin’s rhythms or those of Tina Turner than the lyric genre.
Because the family income was modest and singing seemed not to be a viable solution, since high school, Bonnie worked in a grocery store first, then a cashier at a supermarket. She was only 17 when she participated in a contest for young talents, where she only got the second place and was rewarded with a lyre.
“The competition was a challenge for me and I remained with desire to repeat it and not to return to my life before that. Then I really discovered how much I love to sing,” says the artist in her official biography written by Stephen Bowen Lawrence.
Keeping in mind the taste of success and yet the scene, she joined the band “Bobby Wayne & The Dixies“. Then, two years later she formed her own band, “Imagination”, and started singing in clubs and pubs. She assembled a list of names and surnames in a newspaper and decided that Bonnie Tyler sounds better than Gaynor Hopkins: “Now I like it more than the name my parents gave me”, says Gaynor, “and I wish I don’t have to change it,” she says in the same biography, published in 1998.
But with all the name change, success leaves when it was less expected. It was 1976 when Bonnie’s remarkable talent was discovered by the talent hunter Ronnie Scott, who will become her manager, producer and composer. Thus arises her first album, “The World Starts Tonight” (1977), which will enjoy a moderate success.
1. David Hasselhoff – Hooked on A Feeling
David Hasselhoff, the star of the TV series “Baywatch” is known for his alcohol problems. And that leads many to wonder whether so did the idea of the video “Hooked on a Feeling”, a famous song in 1968, taken by the US star in 1999.
Hasselhoff appears in different poses – “flying” on a motorcycle or as a skier dressed as an eskimo – while behind him various images roll. And the clip begins with the famous line ‘Uga Chaka’, from the series ‘Ally McBeal’.
The famous American actor was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was the second of four children of the family Hasselhoff. From childhood he took dance, singing and acting lessons, showing a deep interest in arts. His debut on the small screen was made through a few commercials, after which David was noticed by some people and receives the role, playing as Dr. William ‘Snapper’ Foster Jr. on the series ‘The Young and the Restless’ during 1975-1982. The actor continued with a starring role in the series ‘Knight Rider’. Hasselhoff gets married in 1984 to Catherine Hickland and is divorcing her five years later.
In March 1989 he married Pamela Bach with which he moves to Europe. Here he finds his qualities as a pop singer again and released his first album ‘Looking For Freedom’, followed by the albums ‘Crazy for You’ and ‘Miracle of Love’.
David Hasselhoff returns to the cinema as an actor and producer on the series ‘Baywatch Nights’ and in 1999 makes its debut as a production manager for the series ‘Baywatch’. In 2006, the actor and Pamela Bach got divorced. They have two children together.