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BELINDA CARLISLE

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Belinda Jo Kerzeskhi Carlisle

Description: Vocalist, Drums,USA
Known For: “Mad About You” (Hit Song) 1986

Instruments: Voice
Music Styles: Pop, Punk-pop, New Wave
Location: United States of America

Date Born: 17th August 1958
Location Born: Hollywood, California, United States of America

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CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site:  Official website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Belinda Carlisle

An American singer, model, actress.

Belinda Jo Carlisle (born August 17, 1958) is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of The Go-Go’s, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. The group sold more than seven million albums in just three years and she later went on to have a successful solo career with hits such as “Mad About You”, “I Get Weak”, “Circle in the Sand”, “Leave a Light On”, and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” among others, which were major successes in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as internationally.

Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, published in June 2010, was a New York Times Best Seller and received favorable reviews. On August 11, 2011, she received, as a member of the Go-Go’s, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Carlisle was born in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, to Harold Carlisle, a travelling vacuum cleaner salesman, and his wife, Joanne (née Thompson), who raised the children at home. The first of seven siblings, with three brothers and three sisters, she was five years old when her father abandoned the family and upon her mother’s second marriage, did not have a close relationship with her stepfather, Duke Kurczeski. She was a cheerleader at Newbury Park High School and, at the age of 19, left home.

arlisle’s first venture into music was a brief stint as drummer for the punk band Germs (band), under the name Dottie Danger. Around this time Carlisle did some back-up singing for Black Randy and the Metrosquad. Soon after leaving Germs, she co-founded the Go-Gos (originally named the Misfits), with friends and fellow musicians Margot Olavarria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin. Olavarria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock.

The Go-Go’s became one of the most successful American bands of the 1980s, helping usher new wave music into popular American radio, and becoming the first all-female band who wrote their own music and played their own instruments to ever achieve a No. 1 album, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed”. The Go-Gos recorded two more studio albums on I.R.S. Records, including 1982’s Vacation”, which went gold. “Head over Heels, from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to No. 11.

In 1984, Carlisle made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

Carlisle’s first solo album Belinda was released in 1986, also on I.R.S. Records. This album was successful in North America and was certified Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada. Her summer hit “Mad About You” peaked at No. 3 in the US, topped the Canadian Singles Chart, and charted in the top 10 in Australia. “Mad About You” was followed by the Motown-influenced single “I Feel the Magic”, and by a cover version of the Freda Payne song “Band of Gold”. All three songs were included on her debut album. The single “Since You’ve Gone”, co-written by Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, was used only for promotion. Susanna Hoffs co-wrote the single “I Need a Disguise”. Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor played guitar on some album tracks and appeared in her “Mad About You” video clip.

During this time, Carlisle also had songs featured on movie soundtracks, notably “In My Wildest Dreams” from the movie Mannequin, “Shot in the Dark” from the Anthony Michael Hall thriller Out of Bounds, as well as “Dancing in the City” from the Whoopi Goldberg movie Burglar.

Personal life

In 1986, Carlisle married politician and film producer Morgan Mason. Mason made appearances in Carlisle’s music videos “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”. They have a son, James Duke Mason, born in 1992. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Carlisle and her family moved to Europe. Carlisle and her husband now live in both France and Los Angeles.

Noted Albums

Belinda (1986)
Heaven on Earth (1987)
Runaway Horses (1989)
Live Your Life Be Free (1991)
The Best of Belinda, Volume 1 (1992)
Real (1993)
A Woman and a Man (1996)
A Place on Earth – The Greatest Hits (1999)
Voila (2007)

Noted hit songs

1986 “Mad About You”
1987 “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”
1988 “I Get Weak”
“Circle in the Sand”
1989 “Leave a Light On”
“La Luna” 21 10 38 —
1990 “Summer Rain”
“(We Want) the Same Thing”
1996 “In Too Deep”
“Always Breaking My Heart”

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