True Colors (4:09)

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True Colors was performed by Cyndi Lauper. When it was released in 1986 it reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #3 in Australia, and #5 on the UK Singles Chart.

Billy Steinberg originally wrote True Colors about his own mother. Tom Kelly altered the first verse and the duo submitted the song to Cyndi Lauper. Other songs they wrote for Cyndi Lauper include “I Drove All Night” and “Unconditional Love”, the latter of which went on to be covered by Susanna Hoffs

True Colors also became a legend of its own in the gay community. Lauper embarked on a 2007 annual True Colors Tour 2007 with several other acts including Deborah Harry and Erasure. The tour was for the Human Rights Campaign to promote human rights in the US and beyond. A second True Colors tour is currently underway in the US.

The song has been used in many advertisements, including;

* Dove “Campaign for Real Beauty”
* Kodak - Used in “Show Your True Colors” campaign; also as the pre-show film for “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience”
* Peugeot “The Drive of your Life” / 406 sedan
* Aer Lingus “Appearances”
* Marks & Spencer
* Sky+ HD


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