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Cyndi Lauper Sings The Blues

“True Colors” Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper on life, activism, and now singing the blues.

Cyndi Lauper performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" show in New York, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP)

Cyndi Lauper performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" show in New York, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP)

In the mid-1980s, Cyndi Lauper exploded to the top of the pop music charts with her bright, girlish voice, ragtag post-punk flash, and a pop anthem to young women’s self-expression – to fun.

She was huge, jostling at the top alongside Prince and Madonna. Then she took her own feisty turn. To activism, proud motherhood, a turn with Donald Trump, and now – Memphis blues.

This hour, On Point: the one and only, Cyndi Lauper.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Cyndi Lauper, singer, actress, and activist. He new DVD is To Memphis, With Love.

Rich Juzwiak, Pop culture writer for The Daily.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “Cyndi Lauper can talk underwater with marbles in her mouth. Especially when it comes to appearances. The Moment caught up with the endearingly loquacious diva to talk about her misadventures in style and her recent turn as a M.A.C. model and spokeswoman for its AIDS fund.”

Playlist

Early in the Mornin’ (Live DVD, 2011)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (She’s So Unusual, 1983)

Don’t Cry No More (Memphis Blues, 2010)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Live DVD, 2011)

Down So Low (Memphis Blues, 2010)

I Drove All Night (A Night to Remember, 1989)

Down Don’t Bother Me          (Live DVD, 2011)

Home for the Holidays (w/Norah Jones) (2011)

Early in the Mornin’ (Memphis Blues, 2010)

True Colors (Live on “The View,” 2007)

The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough (1985)

Blue Christmas (2011)

Romance in the Dark (Memphis Blues, 2010)

Who Let In The Rain (Live DVD, 2011)

Hole in My Heart (All The Way To China) (1988)

Time After Time (1983)

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