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June 23, 2023

Amazing Vintage Photos of a Very Young Cyndi Lauper From the Early 1970s

Cyndi Lauper is an award-winning American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s with a string of pop hits such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Lauper was born on June 22, 1953, in Astoria, New York. Her earliest childhood days were spent in Brooklyn, but when she was about four years old, the family moved to Ozone Park, Queens, where she lived in a railroad-style apartment through her teenage years.

Growing up, Lauper felt like an outcast. Her parents divorced when she was five. Lauper and her two siblings were raised by her mother, who worked as a waitress to support the family — and who loved the arts and frequently took her children to Manhattan to see Shakespeare plays or visit art museums. Lauper did not do particularly well in school, and was reportedly kicked out of several parochial schools in her youth. Despite her hard times, she discovered a love of singing and music at an early age, and was writing her own songs by the age of 12.

After eventually getting a high school equivalency degree, Lauper worked a number of odd jobs before her music career took off. She waitressed, served as an office assistant, and even sang in a Japanese restaurant for a time. During this time, Lauper also played in a number of bands. She had her first taste of success with the band Blue Angel, which landed a record deal. The group made one record together before splitting up.

These rarely seen photographs below show a very young and beautiful Cyndi Lauper in the early 1970s:


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