Kate Bush

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Kate Bush Biography

Kate Bush was born Catherine Bush on July 30, 1958, in Bexley, Kent, ENGLAND, where she grew up with her father, an avid spare time piano player, her mother and two older brothers with an open mind to artistic experiments. She began violin lessons around the age of nine but show great interest in the piano, by the age of fourteen Bush had already written many songs and a few years later, Pink Floyd lead guitarist David Gilmour helped her record a professional demo tape that got her signed to EMI in 1976.

Two years later, in February 1978, Kate Bush released her debut album, "The Kick Inside". The first single, "Wuthering Heights", became a surprise worldwide smash hit, reaching #1 on the U.K. Pop chart and helped push the album into the top 3 in Great Britain; the second single, "The Man With The Child In His Eyes", rose to #5 in England and also entered the U.S. Pop chart at #85.
In November of the same year she released her second album, "Lionheart", the record debuted at #6 in the U.K. however, it failed to match the sales figures of its predecessor.

In September of 1980 Kate Bush returned with "Never For Ever"; highlighted by the U.K. top 5 hit single "Babooshka", this album peaked at #1 on the British Official chart.

Two years later was released Bush's first effort in the production seat, "The Dreaming", on which she had David Gilmour doing backing vocals on "Pull Out The Pin"; although the album reached #3 in Britain was not received warmly by critics; "The Dreaming" was her first album to enter the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart, reaching #157.

Almost exactly three years later, "Hounds Of Love", was released; this album marked her breakthrough into the American charts, it reached the #33 position on The Billboard 200 helped on its way by the smash single "Running Up That Hill" which hit #30 on The Billboard Hot 100; her fifth album debutet at #1 in U.K. and generated four British top 40 singles, including the #3 "Running Up That Hill", the title-tack, "Cloudbusting" and "The Big Sky".

In November 1986 Bush released a best-of collection entitled "The Whole Story", the set shot to #1 in the U.K. and reached #76 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, the compilation featured two previously unreleased recordings, "Wuthering Heights" with an improved, re-recorded vocal track and "Experiment IV", the latter of which cracked the top 20 of the British Singles chart.

After three years' absence, Kate Bush re-emerged in October 1989 with her exquisite album "The Sensual World", it went straight into the top 3 of the British Pop Sales chart and reached the #43 slot on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums list; the first American single, "Love And Anger" which features guitar riffs by Gilmour, peaked at #1 on The Modern Rock chart; the title-track rose to #6 on the same chart and hit #12 on the U.K. Pop Singles list; the third single, "This Woman's Work", climbed into the top 30 in her native England.

She scored another hit with her rendition of Elton John's "Rocket Man", the song appeared on the 1991 tribute album "Two Rooms", peaking at #11 on the U.S. Modern Rock airplay chart and at #12 on the U.K. Pop Singles Sales chart.

November 1993 saw the release of "The Red Shoes", the album included guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Prince, Gary Brooker, Jeff Beck among others; it climbed into the top 30 of The Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 in Britain. In October, the first American single, "Eat The Music", held the #10 spot on the Billboard's Modern Rock chart, "Rubberband Girl" rose to #7 on sthe same chart and hit #12 in the U.K. where she scored three more top 40 hits with the title-track, "And So Is Love" and "Moments Of Pleasure".

The enigmatic singer + songwriter's first studio album in twelve years, "Aerial", was released in November 2005, it charted within the the top 10 in nearly every European country and reached #48 in the United States. The disc contained the single, "King Of The Mountain" which hit #4 on the British Top 100 chart.

On the latest outing, "Director's Cut", Kate Bush revisited a selection of tracks from her albums "The Sensual World" and "The Red Shoes"; the 11-song set was issued in May 2011 peaking at #2 on the U.K. Albums chart. The first single was "Deeper Understanding", clocking in nearly two minutes longer than the version originally released on "The Sensual World", the reworked cut replaces an epic chorus and piano with synthesizer, vocoder and a tripped-out harmonica.

 

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    "Babooshka" photoshoot (1980)