Suzanne Vega was a
folk music artist from New York. She grew up in
Spanish Harlem, and took an interest in the arts at a
young age. She attended the High School of
Performing Arts in LaGuardia, where she studied dance.
While attending college as an English major, she had
some of her music published, which caught the attention
of a major recording company, and Vega was signed.
Suzanne Vega's first
was released in 1985. It was more successful in
the UK than the USA. Some of you may remember the
song "Marlene on the Wall" from this album, which did
feature an MTV video. It was Vega's second
Solitude Standing in 1987,
that featured the songs for which she is most remembered: "Luka" and "Tom's Diner"
(this song was not a hit until it was remixed in 1990).
Tom's Diner is the Seinfeld restaurant called Monk's.
Suzanne Vega continued producing well
into the 1990's and beyond, although her earlier success
was never replicated. She was known to be active
well into the 2010's. The Suzanne Vega Discography
is as follows:1985: Suzanne Vega
1987: Solitude Standing
1990: Days of Open Hand
1996: Nine Objects of Desire
1998: Tried & True: The Best of Suzanne Vega
2001: Songs in Red and Gray
2003: Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega
2007: Beauty & Crime