Throwback Thursday: Suzanne Vega

Suzanne-VegaThis week for Throwback Thursday, WERS is playing a set of music from Suzanne Vega in honor of her 54th birthday!

Suzanne Vega was born in 1959 in Santa Monica, California, but soon moved to New York City where she grew up on the Upper West Side. She began writing poetry at an early age and wrote her first song when she was fourteen. She went on to attend New York’s High School of Performing Arts and then Barnard College majoring in English literature. Suzanne began performing at small venues during her college years  and received a major label contract in 1984. Vega’s self- titled debut album was released that following year and received great reviews from critics in the U.S. and even reached Platinum status in the UK. Her second album, Solitude Standing (1987), was the most popular and commercially successful album for Suzanne Vega. Solitude Standing included included the songs “Tom’s Diner” and “Luka”, which both became international hits. The album contained two versions of “Tom’s Diner”: one with its a cappella vocal and the other an instrumental. The a cappella track was went on to become a test track for early attempts at MP3 compression. This earned Suzanne Vega the informal title of “The Mother of the MP3” among audio engineers. Vega has released seven albums total each receiving good reviews from critics.

Celebrate Suzanne Vega’s 54th Birthday with us today at 5pm on 88.9 WERS

By Blaise Fritsche

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