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Encyclopedia > Katrina and the Waves
Katrina and the Waves
Katrina and the Waves on cassette cover in 1985
Katrina and the Waves on cassette cover in 1985
Background information
Also known as The Waves
Origin Cambridge, England
Genre(s) New Wave, Rock, Pop
Years active 19811997
Label(s) Capitol Records
Website http://www.katw.com/
Former members
Katrina Leskanich
Kimberley Rew
Alex Cooper
Vince de la Cruz

Katrina and the Waves were a pop rock band of the 1980s, best known for their smash hit "Walking on Sunshine" and their 1997 Eurovision Song Contest victory. Image File history File links Katrina-and-the-waves. ... This article is about Cambridge, England; see also other places called Cambridge. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Rock is a form of popular music with a prominent vocal melody accompanied by guitar and drums. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Katrina Leskanich (born April 10, 1960, Topeka, Kansas, United States) is an American singer and musician. ... Kimberley Rew is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Walking on Sunshine is a song written by Kimberley Rew for Katrina and the Waves second album, Walking on Sunshine. ... The Eurovision Song Contest 1997 was the 42nd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 3, 1997 in Dublin. ...


Formed in 1981 in Cambridge, England, the Waves were fronted by American-born singer Katrina Leskanich until she left the group in 1999. Their lead guitarist is Kimberley Rew, formerly of the Soft Boys. Rounding out the group were Vince de la Cruz on bass — like Leskanich, an American who grew up on a US Air Force base in England — and Alex Cooper on drums, who had previously played with Rew in a band called The Waves. This article is about Cambridge, England; see also other places called Cambridge. ... Katrina Leskanich (born April 10, 1960, Topeka, Kansas, United States) is an American singer and musician. ... Kimberley Rew is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... The Soft Boys were an influential neo-psychedelic rock and roll band from Cambridge, England, formed in 1976 as Dennis and the Experts. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...


The half-American half-British group was signed by Canadian label Attic Records, and had some chart success in Canada with “Mexico”, as well as building a fan base with other singles and extensive touring. Their “Going Down to Liverpool” was covered by the Bangles, which also added to their profile. Securing an international distribution deal with Capitol, they re-recorded earlier Canadian releases for a worldwide release. Attic Records is an independent record label based in England, UK, which signs house music, techno, electronica and progressive musicians. ... The Bangles were a popular American pop band of the mid 1980s, one of the new generation of independent all-women bands that followed The Go_Gos. ...


In 1985, that self-titled album was released internationally and the group had a worldwide hit with the song "Walking on Sunshine", a Top 10 UK success, still popular today as a feel-good summer track, used in numerous feature films and advertisements. A Grammy award nominee for "Best New Artist" followed, and several seasons of touring were followed by moderate sales of new releases. "Sun Street" was a UK Top 30 hit in 1986, though subsequent releases, including the infectious "Rock'n'Roll Girl" in 1988, failed to chart. Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards, commonly referred to as the Grammys) are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the record industry. ...


By the late nineties, the band had all but disappeared, but briefly surged back into the limelight by winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom on 3 May 1997 with the song "Love Shine A Light". Reacting to the win, Katrina said it was the second landslide victory in a week; the song won by a record points margin, and Tony Blair had won the 1997 British general election two days previously. The modern logo was introduced for the 2004 Contest to create a consistent visual identity. ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Love Shine a Light was the 1997 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, performed by Katrina and the Waves for the United Kingdom. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the UK Labour Party, and Member of the UK Parliament... The UK general election, 1997 was held on 1 May 1997. ...


Six years after the original band split up, Katrina formed a new group in an attempt to repeat the Waves' Eurovision triumph, this time in Sweden. At the 2005 Melodifestivalen, the competition to select Sweden's entry, the group failed to qualify directly from the fourth semi-final of the competition, and were eventually eliminated in a 'second-chance semi'. Having planned to call themselves "Katrina and the New Wave", they dubbed themselves "Katrina and the Nameless" after legal objections from the original Waves. The logo for Melodifestivalen, which has been in use since 2002. ...

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Hurricane "Katrina"

In 2005, the storm surge of a storm named Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast, including the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The MSNBC news program Countdown with Keith Olbermann dubbed its coverage of the hurricane "Katrina and the Waves", referring to the storm itself and its storm surge, and that name also appeared in numerous headlines and blog posts. As the Waves lead singer Katrina Leskanich now shares her name with the devastation, she was quoted in the New York Times as saying the following: ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... The Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North America. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city Baton Rouge [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... MSNBC, a combination of MSN and NBC, is a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States and Canada, and a news website. ... Countdown with Keith Olbermann is an hour-long nightly newscast on MSNBC which airs live at 8:00 p. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Katrina Leskanich (born April 10, 1960, Topeka, Kansas, United States) is an American singer and musician. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...

"The first time I opened the paper and saw 'Katrina kills 9,' it was a bit of a shock. It's a very sad situation, but I'm sure the strength and good will of the survivors will turn it around. I hope that the true spirit of 'Walking on Sunshine' will prevail. I would hate for the title to be tinged with sadness, and I will have to do my own part to help turn that around."

Members

Katrina Leskanich (born April 10, 1960, Topeka, Kansas, United States) is an American singer and musician. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Parts of the guitar. ... Kimberley Rew is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Parts of the guitar. ... Classic-Spanish Marching Drum A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion family, technically classified as a membranophone. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ...

Discography

Albums

1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walking on Sunshine is also the debut album by new wave band Katrina and the Waves, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Katrina & the Waves 2 is the second album by new wave band Katrina and the Waves, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Katrina and the Waves is the third album by new wave band Katrina and the Waves, and the first released on a major label, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Waves is the fourth album by new wave band Katrina & the Waves, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Jargon used in the chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining industries. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

  • "Que Te Queiro" (1984) #84 UK, #71 US
  • "Walking on Sunshine" (1985) #8 UK, #9 US, #4 AUS
  • "Do You Want Crying" (1985) #96 UK, #37 US
  • "Is That It" (1986) #82 UK, #70 US
  • "Sun Street" (1986) #22 UK
  • "That's The Way" (1989) #84 UK, #16 US
  • "Rock 'N' Roll Girl" (1989) #93 UK
  • "Walking on Sunshine" (re-issue) (1996) #53 UK
  • "Love Shine a Light" (1997) #3 UK

1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walking on Sunshine is a song written by Kimberley Rew for Katrina and the Waves second album, Walking on Sunshine. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Love Shine a Light was the 1997 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, performed by Katrina and the Waves for the United Kingdom. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Preceded by
Eimear Quinn
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1997
Succeeded by
Dana International
Preceded by
Gina G
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
1997
Succeeded by
Imaani

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Katrina and the Waves - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (431 words)
Katrina and the Waves were a pop rock band of the 1980s, best known for their smash hit "Walking on Sunshine".
Formed in 1981 in Cambridge, England, the Waves were fronted by American-born singer Katrina Leskanich until she left the group in 1999.
Reacting to the win, Katrina said it was the second landslide victory in a week; the song won by a record points margin, and Tony Blair had won the 1997 British general election two days previously.
TrouserPress.com :: Katrina and the Waves (501 words)
Rew and the Waves subsequently became a fulltime proposition, a sympathetic and commercially potent outlet for his ace songwriting.
Katrina and the Waves consists entirely of songs from the first two albums, but they've all been re-recorded or remixed.
With that one caveat, Katrina and the Waves is otherwise a delight.
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