Kate Bush

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Catherine “Kate” Bush, CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, composer, dancer and record producer known for her ambitious, eclectic music and idiosyncratic performances.

Bush first came to note in 1978 when, at the age of 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single, “Wuthering Heights“, becoming the first female artist to achieve a UK number-one with a self-written song. She has since released twenty-five UK Top 40 singles, including the top ten hits “The Man with the Child in His Eyes“, “Babooshka“, “Running Up That Hill“, and “King of the Mountain“. She has released ten studio albums, all of which reached the UK Top 10, including the UK number-one albums, Never for Ever (1980) and Hounds of Love (1985). She is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at number-one, as well as the first (and to date, only) female artist to have top five albums in the UK charts in five successive decades.

Bush has been nominated 13 times for British Phonographic Industry accolades, and in 1987 she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Artist. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In 2002, she was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

Her family’s musical influence inspired Bush to teach herself the piano at the age of 11. She also played the organ in a barn behind her parents’ house and studied the violin. She soon began writing her own tunes and eventually added lyrics to them.

 

Collaborations

Bush provided vocals on two of Peter Gabriel’s albums, including the hits “Games Without Frontiers” and “Don’t Give Up“, as well as “No Self-Control“. Gabriel appeared on Bush’s 1979 television special, where they sang a duet of Roy Harper‘s “Another Day“.

She has sung on two Roy Harper tracks, “You”, on his 1979 album, “The Unknown Soldier”, and “Once”, the title track of his 1990 album. She has also sung on the title song of the 1986 Big Country album The Seer, the Midge Ure song “Sister and Brother” from his 1988 album Answers to Nothing, Go West‘s 1987 single “The King Is Dead” and two songs with Prince – “Why Should I Love You?”, from her 1993 album The Red Shoes, and in 1996, the song “My Computer” from Prince’s album Emancipation.

Artists who have contributed to Bush’s own albums include Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Nigel Kennedy, Gary Brooker, Danny Thompson, and Prince. Bush provided backing vocals for a song that was recorded during the 1990s titled Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Lionel Azulay, the drummer with the original band that was later to become the KT Bush Band. The song, which was engineered and produced by Del Palmer, was released on Azulay’s album Out of the Ashes.

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