Though Cyndi Lauper is much more than a one-hit wonder, her sudden stardom in 1984 made the subsequent lack of fireworks in her career seem as if she’d put everything she had into her debut album, “She’s so Unusual.” It’s not entirely true, but in any case that LP went platinum five times in the United States. alone and spawned four Top 5 singles, which was a record at the time for an album by a female singer.

“Time After Time” was the only one of those singles to hit No. 1 in the U.S. and the only ballad on the album. On April 27, the music-documentary show “Soshite Ongaku ga Hajimaru (And The Music Begins)” (TV Tokyo, 10:54 p.m.) will focus on that one song: how it was written; how it was recorded; and the cultural context that made it a lasting hit.

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