Ce Ce Peniston is 50 this week.
She was born Cecilia Veronica Peniston in Dayton, Ohio but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and began writing lyrics whilst at school. Her music career began when a DJ friend asked her to contribute backing vocals to a track by the female rapper Tonya Davis who was professionally known as Overweight Pooch.
She was spotted and signed to A&M records in 1990, when Peniston was 21, and gave them a song called Finally, which she apparently had originally written the majority of at school. They released in the US and it shot up the Billboard chart. In the UK it became a classic 90s dance anthem but only reached number 29 on its initial release in October that year, but when re-issued in February 1992, it went to number two.
She had eight further UK hits including the top 10s We Got A Love Thang and Keep On Walkin’ but let’s enjoy her biggest hit.