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Katrina from Katrina and The Waves Live on Friday 9th November 2018
Katrina was inspired by Motown and girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles and in 1983 joined The Waves (a Cambridge based band with ex Soft Boy, Kimberley Rew).
The band became Katrina and the Waves, and in 1983 they recorded an album of original material, at their own expense, which was shopped around various labels and sold at gigs. They were signed by an independent Canadian label - Attic Records and their first album Walking on Sunshine was released just in Canada. Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song 'Going Down to Liverpool'. This drew attention to the group and lead to an international deal with Capitol Records.
The band's first album was re-recorded and remixed. Scott Litt, who went on to produce REM and Nirvana, produced 'Walking on Sunshine'. The first Capitol album, Katrina and The Waves released in 1985, was a substantial critical and commercial success and 'Walking on Sunshine was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe.
Katrina and The Waves were nominated for a Grammy for “Best New Artist” and were constantly touring the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. Their follow up single, 'Do You Want Crying' was a top 40 hit in the US and 'Sun Street' was a UK Top 30 hit in 1986. In 1989 Katrina and The Waves recorded a more rock-orientated album for Capitol subsidiary SBK Records - Break of Hearts which included 'That's the Way' which reached No. 16 in the US charts. The band toured worldwide with artists such as Wham, The Beach Boys, Don Henley, Pointer Sisters, Chaka Khan, The Kinks and Fleetwood Mac. 'Walking on Sunshine' was followed by more chart hits - 'Do You Want Crying' and 'Que Te Quiero' in 1985, 'Sun Street' in 1986 and 'That's The Way' in 1989, with performances at Madison Square Garden, The Marquee Club and CBGBs where Katrina sang with Joey Ramone.
Artists: Katrina and the Waves
Music Genres: Pop
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