Kate Bush is a British singer, songwriter, musician and record
producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic lyrics have
made her one of the United Kingdom's most successful and original solo
female performers of the past 30 years. Bush was signed up by EMI at
the age of 16 after being recommended by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.
In 1978 at age 19, she debuted with the surprise hit "Wuthering
Heights", topping the UK charts for four weeks and becoming the first
woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song. She has since
gone on to release eight albums, three of which topped the UK album
charts, and have UK top ten hit singles with "Running Up That Hill",
"King of the Mountain", "Babooshka", "The Man with the Child
Eyes", and "Don't Give Up". During her tour of 1979, the only tour
her career, she became the first ever singer to use a wireless headset
radio microphone on stage. With her 1980 album Never for Ever, she
became the first solo female British singer to top the UK album
charts. Her songwriting ability was recognised in 2002 with an Ivor
Novello Award for "Outstanding Contribution to British Music". In
2005, she released Aerial, her first album in 12 years. The album was
a UK success and earned her BRIT Award nominations for "Best Album"
and "Best Solo Female Artist".
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli presented the Catherine Palace, a
Rococo palace in Tsarskoye Selo, to Empress Elizabeth of Russia.
American Civil War: Union forces failed to break Confederate lines
in the Battle of the Crater by exploding a large bomb under their
Uruguay defeated Argentina, 4 to 2, in front of their home crowd at
Estadio Centenario in Montevideo to win the first Football World Cup.
World War II: The USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser of the United
States Navy, was sunk by the Japanese submarine I-58, killing over 800
The last old-style Beetle, the economy car produced by the German
automaker Volkswagen, rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico.
Lebanon War: The Israeli Air Force attacked a three-story building
near the South Lebanese village of Qana, killing at least 28
civilians, including 16 children.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
foster: To nurture or bring up (offspring); or to provide similar
parental care to (an unrelated child).
Wikiquote of the day:
Just being alive
It can really hurt.
These moments given
Are a gift from time.
Just let us try
To give these moments back
To those we love
To those who will survive. -- Kate Bush