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."