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Born on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, Belinda Carlisle is a singer and a founding member of the all-female new wave band The Go-Go’s. Born to a contractor and a housewife, she had three brothers and three sisters. Carlisle broke into the music scene with a brief stint for the punk band The Germs as drummer where she took the name of Dottie Danger. After leaving the band, she founded The Go-Go’s, which was originally known as The Misfits, with friend Jane Wiedlin. The Go-Go’s would go on to become of the most influential bands of the early 1980s helping to usher in new wave music into the fore.
The Go-Go’s broke up in 1985, and Carlisle went on to pursue a solo career. Her first album was released in 1986, and was certified gold in the US and platinum in Canada. She has a summer hit called Mad About You which reached the third spot in the US Singles Chart. Some of her songs were featured on movie soundtracks. Her second solo album called Heaven on Earth in 1987 saw a changed Carlisle. The first single off this album, Heaven is a Place on Earth topped the singles charts not only in the US but elsewhere in the world. Carlisle went on to release seven albums all in all, with varying degrees of success.
After signing, Carlisle continued starring in several TV shows, such as Celebrity Duets on Fox and as judge on the MTV reality show Rock the Cradle. Carlisle is among the 13 stars in the eighth season of the ABC dancing competition Dancing with the Stars.