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Happy Birthday To Rutherford's Kate Pierson Of The B-52s

Kate Pierson of Rutherford.
Kate Pierson of Rutherford. Photo Credit: Monica Nation, Creative Commons, Wikipedia
"Guitars and Microphones" is from Pierson's album of the same name.
"Guitars and Microphones" is from Pierson's album of the same name. Video Credit: Kate Pierson
"Love Shack" made its loud, colorful entrance in 1989.
"Love Shack" made its loud, colorful entrance in 1989. Video Credit: RHINO

RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Kate Pierson, who will turn 68 this Sunday, April 27.

Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Pierson was born in Weehawken and raised in Rutherford. She's perhaps best-known for her work with the The B-52s. The band formed in 1976, in Athens, Georgia.

Rolling Stone described "the gleefully eccentric party music of the B-52's" as "stripped-down, off-kilter funk, topped by chirpy vocals and lyrics crammed with 1950s and 1960s trivia."

The band's first album, "The B-52's" -- they kept that apostrophe until 2008 -- was certified platinum. But it was their fifth album, 1989's "Cosmic Thing," featuring "Love Shack," that brought truly mainstream success.

In addition to being a vocalist, Pierson plays a variety of instruments: guitar, bass, and keyboards. In early 2015, she released "Guitars and Microphones," her first solo album, which Rolling Stone called "a collection of brassy manifestoes about independence and, naturally, outer space."

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