Cindy Wilson

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Background informationCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_2_0 Cynthia Leigh WilsonCindy Wilson_cell_0_2_1
BornCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_3_0 (1957-02-28) February 28, 1957 (age 63)

Athens, Georgia, U.S.Cindy Wilson_cell_0_3_1

GenresCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_4_0 New wave, alternative rockCindy Wilson_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Cindy Wilson_header_cell_0_5_0 Singer, actressCindy Wilson_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_6_0 Cindy Wilson_cell_0_6_1
Years activeCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_7_0 1976–presentCindy Wilson_cell_0_7_1
LabelsCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_8_0 Warner Bros., Reprise, AstralwerksCindy Wilson_cell_0_8_1
Associated actsCindy Wilson_header_cell_0_9_0 The B-52s

The Cindy Wilson BandCindy Wilson_cell_0_9_1

Cynthia Leigh Wilson (born February 28, 1957) is an American singer, and is one of the vocalists, songwriters and founding members of new wave rock band the B-52s. Cindy Wilson_sentence_0

She is noted for her distinctive contralto voice and also plays percussion during live shows. Cindy Wilson_sentence_1

Wilson is the younger sister of the late guitarist Ricky Wilson, who was also a founding member of the band. Cindy Wilson_sentence_2

The B-52's Cindy Wilson_section_0

The B-52's were formed when Wilson (who was born in Athens, Georgia), guitarist Ricky Wilson (her elder brother), keyboardist and backing vocalist Kate Pierson, drummer and percussionist Keith Strickland, and lead vocalist Fred Schneider played an impromptu musical jam session after sharing a tropical Flaming Volcano drink at a local Chinese restaurant. Cindy Wilson_sentence_3

They later played their first concert in 1977 at a Valentine's Day party for their friends. Cindy Wilson_sentence_4

Cindy Wilson was the youngest member of the band. Cindy Wilson_sentence_5

Wilson and the others broke into the music world when their 1979 debut album The B-52's yielded the charting singles "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire" and launched the band into stardom. Cindy Wilson_sentence_6

On April 21, 1985, she married Keith Bennett, a successful advertiser who was a longtime friend of the band and Ricky's guitar tech on tour. Cindy Wilson_sentence_7

Ricky died later that year, leaving her devastated. Cindy Wilson_sentence_8

Wilson took a sabbatical from the band in 1990 to concentrate on raising a family of three children, during which time the B-52's recorded and released the album Good Stuff as a trio of Pierson, Schneider and Strickland. Cindy Wilson_sentence_9

During the live tour to promote Good Stuff in 1992 and 1993, Julee Cruise sang as a replacement for Wilson. Cindy Wilson_sentence_10

Wilson rejoined the B-52's in 1994. Cindy Wilson_sentence_11

In 1998, she took part in recordings for two new songs to be included with the band's hit singles on the album Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation. Cindy Wilson_sentence_12

Wilson then took maternity leave in 1999 (being replaced on tour by Gail Ann Dorsey), later rejoining the band in 2001 for regular touring of their greatest hits. Cindy Wilson_sentence_13

The B-52's completed the album Funplex in 2007, and it was released in March 2008. Cindy Wilson_sentence_14

Wilson co-wrote every song on the album with the three other band members. Cindy Wilson_sentence_15

In all, she has co-written much of the band's catalog, including "Dance This Mess Around", "Private Idaho" and all of the Cosmic Thing album, including hit singles "Love Shack" and "Roam". Cindy Wilson_sentence_16

Wilson's vocal efforts include the typical B-52's "call-and-response" vocals with Schneider and/or Pierson, as well as her harmonies with Pierson on the band's all-female songs such as "Roam", "52 Girls", "Cake", "Legal Tender", "Summer of Love" and "Juliet of the Spirits". Cindy Wilson_sentence_17

One of the band's signature elements is the setup among the three vocalists. Cindy Wilson_sentence_18

However, Wilson sings the greatest number of solo performances in the band, especially on their earlier albums. Cindy Wilson_sentence_19

Examples of Cindy's solo vocal performances in the B-52's include "Hero Worship", "Loveland", "Nip It in the Bud", "Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland", "Ain't It a Shame", "She Brakes for Rainbows" and "Give Me Back My Man". Cindy Wilson_sentence_20

Wilson plays the bongos on live favorites like "Planet Claire", "Mesopotamia", "Pump" and "Party Out of Bounds" as well as other songs such as "6060-842" and "Big Bird". Cindy Wilson_sentence_21

She also has played acoustic guitar in The Cindy Wilson Band, made electric guitar contributions (with her brother Ricky) on the songs "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)" from the B-52's first album, and played the guitar solo for "Nip It In the Bud" during the band's 1982 Mesopotamia tour. Cindy Wilson_sentence_22

She has stated that she was encouraged to play guitar by her brother, but experienced finger pain. Cindy Wilson_sentence_23

Cindy briefly played a note or two on the keyboard during the band's Whammy! Cindy Wilson_sentence_24

tour version of Private Idaho and at Rock In Rio 1985. Cindy Wilson_sentence_25

She also played an electronic drum kit on a commercial for the WE tv network. Cindy Wilson_sentence_26

Ricky Wilson Cindy Wilson_section_1

In an interview with The Age, Wilson stated her elder brother Ricky didn't tell anyone except Keith Strickland about his illness. Cindy Wilson_sentence_27

Solo releases Cindy Wilson_section_2

Cindy Wilson self-released an EP of new material, Sunrise, in September 2016. Cindy Wilson_sentence_28

February 2017 saw the self-release of another EP of new material, Supernatural. Cindy Wilson_sentence_29

Her debut full-length solo album Change was released in December 2017 on the Kill Rock Stars label. Cindy Wilson_sentence_30

Collaborations Cindy Wilson_section_3

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  • She sang with the Ramones in the early 1980s on the song "Chop Suey", with Kate Pierson and Debbie Harry; the title is available as a bonus track on the Ramones' 2002 expanded edition CD re-release of Pleasant Dreams.Cindy Wilson_item_0_0
  • Wilson, Pierson and Keith Strickland were part of the group Melon, and recorded two songs ("I Will Call You" and "Honeydew") for a Japanese TV show titled Snakeman Show. The soundtrack LP from 1980 and CD from 1988 was released only in Japan.Cindy Wilson_item_0_1
  • She sang with Martini Ranch, actor Bill Paxton's short-lived band, on several songs ("New Deal", World Without Walls", "Hot Dog") from the 1988 album Holy Cow.Cindy Wilson_item_0_2
  • 1988 was also the year BadBob released his album Now Is Reaction. On several tracks "Bobbie Bennett" was adding her background vocals. Cindy Wilson used that name on this record as a pseudonym.Cindy Wilson_item_0_3
  • She sang with Dreams So Real on the song "Appalachee Shoals", which is only available on the fan club-only released CD Nocturnal Omissions, as well as on the track "Stand Tall" from the 1990 album Gloryline.Cindy Wilson_item_0_4
  • Kristen Hall on her 1992 album Fact & Fiction has Wilson singing vocals on the track "Too Long Running".Cindy Wilson_item_0_5
  • The soundtrack for The Rugrats Movie, released in 1998, contains the track "The World Is Something New to Me" and features Pierson, Schneider, Wilson and other artists.Cindy Wilson_item_0_6
  • The Family Fantastic, a side project by Yazoo (Yaz)/Erasure mastermind Vince Clarke features a short sample of Wilson saying "Uh, gosh, I'm ready to dance" on the track "Doin' This Thing" from the 2000 album ...Nice!.Cindy Wilson_item_0_7
  • She sang with Kate Pierson on their cover of the McFadden & Whitehead song "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now", recorded for the soundtrack to the movie The Associate in 1996.Cindy Wilson_item_0_8
  • In 1998, Wilson was involved in recording a children's music album entitled Not Dogs ... Too Simple (A Tale of Two Kitties), which was adapted from a children's book by Mark and Clay Harper.Cindy Wilson_item_0_9
  • Wilson appears with Pierson on the Junior Senior song "Take My Time" (2005) on their album Hey Hey My My Yo Yo. In 2017 she recorded a solo version and plays it in her shows.Cindy Wilson_item_0_10

Filmography Cindy Wilson_section_4

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Wilson.