Personalities | Tracy Chapman | Eighties | Rock

(Singer-songwriter, b. 1964)

Cleveland, Ohio-born Chapman became an overnight success with her expressive self-titled debut in 1988 after appearing at a Nelson Mandela benefit gig at Wembley Stadium. Her emotive voice and politicized pop folk chimed with the opposition to the Thatcher/Reagan axis, and it went to No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, with ‘Fast Car’ hitting the singles charts. Chapman continued the sterling work, albeit with less commercial success, on Crossroads (1989), New Beginning (1995) – which included the huge US hit ‘Give Me One Reason’ – and 2000’s Telling Stories.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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