Catherine Bush CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer. Bush came to notice in 1978 when, aged 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 25 UK Top 40 singles, including the top-10 hits “The Man with the Child in His Eyes”, “Babooshka”, “Running Up That Hill”, “Don’t Give Up” (a duet with Peter Gabriel) 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), Hounds of Love (1985), and the compilation The Whole Story (1986). She is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist to enter the album chart at number one.
Bush began writing songs at 11. She was signed to EMI Records after Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour helped produce a demo tape. Her debut album, The Kick Inside, was released in 1978. Bush slowly gained artistic independence in album production, and has produced all her studio albums since The Dreaming (1982). She took a hiatus between her seventh and eighth albums The Red Shoes (1993) and Aerial (2005). She drew attention again in 2014 with her concert residency Before the Dawn, her first shows since 1979’s The Tour of Life.
Bush’s eclectic and experimental musical style with literary and unconventional lyrical themes has influenced a diverse range of artists. She has been nominated 13 times for British Phonographic Industry accolades, winning for Best British Female Artist in 1987 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. In October 2017 she was nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Bush was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.
Oh what can l say?
I was a fan of Kate Bush from the first time l heard Wuthering Heights in 1978, l was 15 and l thought Wow how unique, how very , very different she was, her style was and her music – and as you can tell from listening to her interviews in many ways she simply hasn’t changed, her voice hasn’t – not really, she grew up, matured and yet still is the Kate Bush l knew when l was 15.
So? Were you a fan back then in the later 70’s? are you still a fan? Have you never heard of her or had you forgotten her? let me know in the comments section below.
1 – Wuthering Heights – 1978
2 – Babooshka – 1980
3 – Running Up That Hill – 1985
4 – Hounds of Love – 1985
5 – The Sensual World – 1989
6 – Another Day – 1979 [Peter Gabriel]
7 – Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush] – 1986
8 – December Will Be Magic Again – 1980
9 – Cloudbusting – 1985
10 – Moments of Pleasure – 1993
11 – The Man With The Child In His Eyes – 1978
Astonishingly Kate wrote this song when she was only 13.
12 – This Woman’s Work – 1989
13 – Breathing – 1980
14 – Rubberband Girl – 1993
15 – Rocket Man – 1991